The House of Niels Lynge is a small historical treasure at Gertrud Raskvej in Nuuk. In the House of Niels Lynge you will find well-kept historical rooms with the tools and furniture of the 1950s. The house is only open by appointment with Vinni Sølvblad at the museum of local history in Nuuk – please contact them by phone (+299) 36 60 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
About the House of Niels Lynge
To visit the House of Niels Lynge at Gertrud Raskvej 23 is a unique opportunity to experience one of the fifties and sixties finest homes in Nuuk – the house was considered a large house at the time, with plenty of space for Pastor Niels Lynge (1880-1965), his wife Karoline, and the couple’s two youngest daughters.
Niels Lynge was a locally and nationally known painter, drafter, poet, and pastor, and many still enjoy the cultural legacy of Lynge. Through his work as a pastor, and for the association Peqatigiinniat and the Association of Civil Servants, Lynge has made himself known as a man who wished to promote a united Greenland and to promote Christianity in the country.
The House of Niels Lynge and its contents was bought from Nuup Kommunea (today Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq), and with help from Greenland National Museum, the House of Niels Lynge became a museum of local history.
The House of Niels Lynge was opened to audiences in the fall of 1995. It is an exceptional and beautiful experience to visit the house. Pastor Niels Lynge and his wife Karoline (1906-1989) built the house in 1950 on Gertrud Raskvej 23 in Nuuk. Up until this moment, Niels Lynge had served a lifetime in the South and Middle Greenland as priest and pioneer of different associations.
Niels Lynge was a man with many talents, among which being a skilled painter. This is a talent that Niels Lynge also passed on to his son, Hans Lynge (1906-1988). Throughout the years Niels Lynge painted many paintings which can be seen in Greenland, Denmark, U.S.A. and Canada. Lynge received pictures from people who wished to commemorate their childhood villages, for instance, in colors. He was known to transform black and white photographs to color paintings. In his house on Gertrud Raskvej, Niels Lynge painted a series of paintings with motives from the area around Nuuk directly on the walls. It is said, that this particular way of decorating the house was done to prevent his children from stealing his art. To this day, the paintings are with fine and clear colors. Around these wall paintings, Lynge made wooden frames, but around the largest wall painting, Lynge painted a golden frame. The frame is so vivid, that when the former Danish King Frederik IX and his wife visited Niels and Karoline Lynge in 1960, the King himself got up from his chair to touch the golden frame, just to know for sure if it was real, or if it was painted.
Portrayal of the Time
When Niels Lynge passed in 1965, his widow Karoline kept the house and its contents intact. All of Niels Lynge’s personal paperwork, such as preaches and letters were lying on the desk, and his many wall paintings were preserved. Karoline Lynge died in 1989, and it was immediately clear that the self-built house at Gertrud Raskvej held a piece of Greenlandic history. The house shows, how people of the higher end of society lived in the 1950s.
Nuup Kommunea bought the house with all its contents from Karoline and Niels Lynge’s heirs. Greenland National Museum’s inspector and restorer examined the home. The house was thoroughly photographed and many effects were brought to the National Museum, where it was registered. Registering the many items Karoline and Niels Lynge had collected throughout their lives turned out to be quite the assignment. An assignment which Nuup Kommunea completed. Today, the house’s contents has been stored in boxes several places in Nuuk, and Nuup Kommunea opened the house for the audience in the fall 1995.
The living room and the kitchen is a window to a time which many still remember, and many of the local museum’s guests get a feeling of travelling back in time to their childhood or youth.
On the second floor of the house you will find a small exhibition of some of the couple’s belongings. Niels Lynges sketches, texts, and painting equipment which will give you an impression of how Niels Lynge did his work.