The mill you can experience today was built in 1872 in Albæk - a little east of Skjern. When the railway came to Skjern in 1875, it attracted people, which meant that in 1882 the mill was moved to Skjern, where it was erected just opposite the station. Initially, there was a ban on building tall buildings around Skjern Windmill. The mill needed wind to turn around, and tall buildings would shield the wind. But eventually it could no longer be enforced. The wind turbine did not get enough wind, and a war was going on, so that Skjern Windmill did not suffer. During World War I, wind power was needed again, and the mill was therefore moved to Marupvej outside the city, here there was more wind, and the wind turbine could now draw Skjern Electric Power and supply the city with electricity.
Today, Skjern Windmill is part of the Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum, where there is exhibited by local artists and various cultural events are held.
Skjern Vindmølle is part of Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum, where you can experience history where it happened. This museum consists of a series of authentic buildings that all tell the tale of the life lived there throughout the ages and how the landscape shaped them.
At Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum, history isn’t locked up in glass cabinets. Here you get to experience LIVE HISTORY with all your senses – history reenactments, guided tours, and activities for kids. With a week or year-round pass, you get a discount, by visiting several locations. Kids and teenagers under the age of 18 are free of charge when accompanying an adult. The week pass can be purchased at the different locations.
If you would like to know more about Skjern Vindmølle, opening hours, prices, and activity and event dates, please visit www.levendehistorie.dk/skjernvindmolle.
Marupvej 25 A
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