Welcome to Kuben

KUBEN is part of Aust-Agder museum og archive IKS, located at Langsæ, Arendal. KUBEN is a center for cultural history and offers exhibitions on the history of Arendal and Aust-Agder.




Monday:  Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 09:00-16:00

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00-16:00


Monday:  Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 09:00-15:00

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00-16:00

OPENING HOURS (from 01.09 - 30.06)

Monday:  Closed

Tuesday -  Friday: 09:00-15:00

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00-16:00

Reading room: Tuesday – Friday: 09:00-15:00

Children: FREE Adult: 90,- NOK Student: 45,- NOK


This exhibition tells the story of the final voyage of the slave ship «Fredensborg». The frigate «Fredensborg» left Copenhagen in June 1767. Equipped for a triangular trade voyage, the ship was loaded with weapons, gunpowder and spirits, which were to be traded for African slaves. The slaves were to be transported to St. Croix in the Caribbean, and valuable sugar brought back to Copenhagen. But the «Fredensborg» never came home. She was wrecked off Tromøy on December 1st, 1768.

The exhibition also focuses on slavery today. Who made your things? Slavery still exists, and it also affects you.

The exhibition is made specifically for children and deals with childhood in the 20th century. First you travel with a time machine, and then you can try to milk a cow, raise a sail, sing skipping-rope rhymes or simply dress up in old and fancy costumes.

Open Storage - Samples from our Collections
The bottom two floors of KUBEN consist of an artefact archive. The archives are rooms where artefacts can be kept when not on display. Our archives comprise of over 45,000 artefacts. We have dreamed for a long time of being able to display the wide range in our collection. Therefore we have created the exhibition 'Open Archive'. Here we display a large number of artefacts.

Imprints - from medieval documents to a digital Dark Age?
Experience some of the records of Aust-Agder's past as well as the stories they convey. You will also get some insight in the creation and preservation of digital records today.

The Bank Crash
The bank crash in Arendal came like a thunderbolt one fine autumn day in 1886. Fraud, excessive borrowing and favouritism led to a bank crash and bankruptcies. The working class organised, and in October, there was almost a revolution in the small town.


At our reading room you can get access to the archives and books. The reading room is open for everyone.