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Visit the archive or magazine

At the moment we can not receive visits to our archives and magazines. This is because Dalarna's museum's object collections are being moved to new magazines.

For the time being, the collection is completely inaccessible for visits, but contact us regarding what it is you are looking for and we will investigate the possibility of answering your questions digitally.
E-mail: info@dalarnasmuseum.se

During the work with the relocation, objects will be photographed and made available at the Digital Museum.

Do you want to donate something?

Collection, documentation and knowledge building are conducted continuously. We currently have limited resources to receive offered gifts. If you are interested in donating material related to Dalarna, feel free to contact us. We can not accept everything but we appreciate you thinking of us.
E-mail: info@dalarnasmuseum.se


The Dalarna Museum never values ​​objects in money only in cultural-historical value.

Lending from the collections

The Dalarna Museum lends objects to institutions that can maintain a high level of security. If your department wants to borrow objects from the collections, contact the department manager for the collections. E-mail: anna-karin.jobs.arnberg@dalarnasmuseum.se


Send your question via archeology form.

We archaeologists often get many questions that concern ancient monuments and finds. Here we have collected some common questions and answered them. If you have further questions, you are welcome to ask us!

What do I do if I find an ancient find, and can I keep it?

We archaeologists at Dalarna's museum always want to know that the object has been found so we have the opportunity to photograph and document this and make an addition to the antiquities register. Knowledge of the site itself is also of great importance to us as it gives us a more complete picture of the prehistoric landscape. As a private person, you can usually keep the find if it was found outside a permanent relic and not in a depot, ie together with two or more objects, and if the find does not consist wholly or partly of gold, silver, bronze or copper.

Do I get money if I find an ancient find?

If the find you found consists wholly or partly of precious metal, copper, bronze or other alloy with copper, the state replaces the current value of the metal.

Can I use metal detectors?

If you want to use metal detectors, you must have a permit from the county administrative board. Such a permit is only issued for limited areas indicated on a map, and never in connection with an ancient monument.

How do I become an archaeologist?

An archaeological degree involves studies of at least three years, of which three to four semesters within the major subject. As a major, you choose either prehistoric archeology, medieval archeology or marine archeology. The main subject is combined with other humanities or natural science subjects. To the more traditional combination subjects here history, ethnology, cultural anthropology and the culture and social life of antiquity. But an archeology degree can with advantage be made more interdisciplinary, with scientific subjects such as. chemistry and biology. Or with a social science focus on political science or business administration. Which combination you choose depends on what tasks you want. Other good combination subjects are pedagogy, web management or cultural geography.

The archaeologist education is available at several universities and colleges across the country. For current information on which courses are given at each place of study, see:


Send your question via a form to the building.

How do I find out if a house is k-marked?

K-marked is a popular term that serves as a collective name for buildings that are designated because of their cultural-historical value. The term k-marked is not a legal term. Buildings can receive legal protection in several ways, one way is as a building monument according to the Cultural Heritage Act. It is the county administrative board that decides whether a building should be a building monument or not, however, everyone has the right to "raise the issue", ie report to the county administrative board that they think a building should be a building monument. Buildings can also be protected in a detailed plan by the municipality, or by being part of a national interest in cultural environmental protection. If you want to know if a building is protected in any way, you can contact us, the county administrative board or the municipality where the building is located.

How do I find craftsmen and architects with the right skills for my project?

The building antiquities at Dalarna's museum have a wide network of contacts and long experience of working with a variety of craftsmen, designers, architects and can advise you based on your needs, projects and where in the county you are. Some municipalities have municipal antiquaries that can also help with recommendations.

When was the roof of our church last repaired?

Dalarnas Museum's library and archive is one of our finest assets. Here are documents about church renovations, city renovations, building permits, detailed plans and much more from a long time ago, which means that we can often be helpful in producing history for different purposes. 

Can I apply for a grant to renovate my house?

The museum has no grants for building maintenance. The County Administrative Board partly decides on grants for building maintenance within the so-called cultural environment grant, in addition, support can be based on the rural development program. Both forms of contribution are associated with different conditions, among other things, the buildings must have a cultural-historical value and the measures must be adapted to this. For information about grants, it is best to contact the county administrative board. The building antiquaries at the museum can help you with advice before a renovation.

Do you want to know more? Do you have other questions?

Dalarnas Museum's building antiquaries have free advice over the phone and e-mail, and if time allows, we can also visit on site.


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