However, the traditional first sod had been replaced by a first stroke on the plug and both the board chairman of the museum, Johannes Flensted-Jensen, and the mayor of Aarhus, Nicolai Wammen, got the opportunity to go in the piledriver and control the large hammer to the plug.
The new museum building will provide the setting for new and engaging exhibitions focusing on the man and ‘the good story’. The exhibitions will feature new artistic effects and offer room for insight, self-realization, thoughtfulness, and discussion. In addition, the new building will exhibit archaeological and anthropological research projects from Aarhus University.
Henning Larsen Architects won the competition for the new building in 2005 in collaboration with landscape architect Kristine Jensen.
The new building is expected to open to the audience in 2014.