Culture Night 2023:
Broken Hearts

13. October, 2023, 18:00

Culture Night at the Medical Museion revolves around broken hearts in both the literal and metaphorical sense - the anatomical and the symbolic heart. It's about the pulsating and life-giving muscle and about heartaches and pacemakers.

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Broken Hearts

The program for Culture Night offers talks and activities for both children and adults. Among them, you can hear Sandra Meinich Juhl, known as Bamselægen from DR Ramasjang, talk about the heart from a child’s perspective. Experience the dissection of pig hearts, poetry, sound installations, and much more. Follow your heart and drop by! While our events will primarily be conducted in Danish, everyone is warmly invited regardless of their language proficiency, and we’ll do our best to assist and make everyone feel comfortable.


6:00 PM

Exhibition: Poems about Broken Hearts

Heart rhymes with pain. The Medical Museion has invited poets and word artists, both established and debutants, to submit poems about the heart. A curated selection of poems is exhibited at the museum during Culture Night.

In the Pharmacy

6:30 PM
6:50 PM
7:10 PM

Talk for Children: The Heart – “Did You Know…”

6:30 PM – 6:40 PM, 6:50 PM – 7:00 PM and 7:10 PM – 7:20 PM

Experience Sandra Meinich Juhl, known as Bamselægen on DR Ramasjang, talk about the heart. How fast does the heart beat? Why does it beat faster in children than in adults? How big is an elephant’s heart? For children aged 5-12.

In the Auditorium

7:00 PM

Dissection of Pig Hearts

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet the Børneliv association and experience the dissection of a pig heart. What do we look like on the inside, why do we get sick, and what can we do to stay healthy? The body is fun and exciting, and we should take care of it without being too scared. For children aged 5 and up. Limited seats available.

In the Reception Area

7:45 PM
9:00 PM

Talk: Heart Stories

7:45 PM – 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM – 9:15 PM

Listen to science historian Karin Tybjerg talk about the cultural history of the heart. Learn more about how the heart became a symbol of love and soul. But also about how the heart became an organ that can be transplanted or replaced by a machine.

In the Auditorium

8:15 PM
9:30 PM

Talk: The Importance of Relationships for Heart Health

8:15 PM – 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Hear Professor Rikke Lund from the Institute of Public Health Sciences discuss the significance of social relationships for heart health. Research has shown that our relationships are just as important for our lifespan as smoking and alcohol. In other words, they influence how sick or healthy we are and how our hearts thrive.

In the Auditorium

9:00 PM

Conservators Showcase Artifacts

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The conservators have delved into the museum’s archives – come and see what they’ve discovered! Get up close to a mechanical heart, a sailor’s tattoo with a declaration of love, and a genuine human heart. The museum’s conservators have unearthed artifacts that tell stories about the heart as both a symbol and a life-giving organ.

In the Reception Area

8:00 PM
9:00 PM

Sound Installation: HEARTSPACE

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM and 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The heart can do many things: pump, break, declare love, be in the right place. Step into our sound installation HEARTSPACE, let yourself be engulfed by a collective beating heart, and write about your heart experiences. If you wish, you can contribute your heartwriting to the Medical Museion’s research project on human conceptions of the heart.

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