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About the Ibsen Museum in Grimstad

The Ibsen Museum in Grimstad is Norway´s oldest Ibsen museum. It was opened for the first time 06 June 1916, only ten years after Ibsen´s death. This house is the place where Ibsen worked as an apothecary´s assistant during his last two years in Grimstad and it was in this house that he wrote his very first play, Catilina.

Henrik Ibsens gate 14 – historical facts

The doctor Honoratus Bonnevie built the house in which the Ibsen museum is located in 1756. From 1759 to 1863 the Andersen family owned the building. Karen Geelmuyden, born Andersen, eventually decided to rent out some rooms on the ground floor of the house.

Ibsen as a 15 year-old: An experiment

The Ibsen Museum in Grimstad hired Harald Nygård as a specialist in drawing faces on the basis of concrete descriptions. He made a drawing, which shows how the young Ibsen may have looked when he arrived in Grimstad at the end of November 1843.