Bakkehuset's collections consist of furniture and objects that at one time belonged to Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek as well as those people who were members of Bakkehuset’s literary and intellectual circle. One of the central figures in this group at Bakkehuset was the poet Adam Oehlenschläger. Many of his personal belongings and a number of items that came into his possession following the death of the Rahbeks form a part of the museum’s current collection. Bakkehuset’s collection also contains a large number of Kamma Rahbek’s boxes that she made from card and paper. She made these in her youth and up until her death in 1829. There are also a number of paintings and other works on paper that represent Bakkehuset, its surroundings and the people who spent time in the house from 1780 to 1830.
The Bakkehus Collection
Among the museum's collections there is one specifically titled the “Bakkehus collection” (Bakkehussamlingen) this is a large collection of manuscripts and letters, numbering approximately 12,000 items. The collection contains letters from many prominent people of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek and writers and artists like Adam Oehlenschläger, Hans Christian Andersen, Magdalene Thoresen, Johanne Luise Heiberg and Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann. Since 2014, parts of Bakkehuset’s collection can be searched online, making many letters, manuscripts and other documents available. Work is ongoing to increase the size and thus the availability of this digitized collection. Parts of “The Bakkehus Collection" are accessible in the online database www.bakkehussamlingen.dk.
Letter with drawings by painter Harald Jerichau
Bakkehuset has a modest but excellent library which is also a part of the permanent exhibition. The library collection was created after the museum opened in 1925, and contains both old and new books on the house, as well as literature on the Enlightenment and the Romantic Movement. The library contains three separate book collections: Firstly, The Ewald Collection, with works by and about the poet Johannes Ewald. Secondly, The Rahbek Collection made up of Knud Lyne Rahbek's own books and thirdly the “Bakkehus Collection” with new and old books from the authors that made up Bakkehuset’s literary circle, and other literature on the Danish Golden Age and the Enlightenment. The library contains many of Knud Lyne Rahbek’s published periodicals including a near complete collection of the most important, “Minerva” and “The Danish Spectator”.
The library was previously owned by Frederiksberg Library but today it belongs to Bakkehuset. The books constitute a reference library and can only be researched on site. Interested parties can contact the curator Rikke Lagersted-Olsen to obtain access to them.
Read more about Golden Age literature.