The Reventlow Museum opened in 1940 in the main building of the
Pederstrup manor. The history of the estate can be dated back to
the 1340s, while the oldest building traces in the main building
are from the 1550s. The museum's present appearance is the result
of restoration and reconstruction in 1940 of the Empire style house
that C. D. F. Reventlow commissioned and had built in 1813-22.
Today, Pederstrup is one of just a few main buildings in Denmark
that are built in the Empire style.
Empire and historicism
C. D. F. Reventlow prepared the drawings for the Empire house
himself, helped along by the great Danish architect C. F. Hansen,
who also designed the cathedral of Copenhagen and the second
After its construction, the simple Empire house was left in its
original form for a mere 40 years, before the manor was completely
rebuilt in the historicist taste of the period around 1860. Here,
the main building was expanded to twice its original size with two
side wings and large towers. At the same time, the home farm was
demolished and removed, and the current park with its rare trees
and beautiful views was established. The impressive indoor riding
arena was inaugurated in 1872.
The museum today
In the 1930s, the Reventlow family sold Pederstrup, and the main
building and the park were laid out as a museum. In this
connection, the main building was brought back to the style of C.
D. F. Reventlow's simple Empire house, which is now located
beautifully in the green park surrounded by lakes and woodland. The
only remnant that has been preserved from the historicist
Pederstrup is the impressive cooking range in the manor
The beautifully furnished rooms with their views across the
lakes today allow visitors to get close to C. D. F. Reventlow's
everyday life and experience how well-to-do families lived in their
stately homes in the decades around 1800.
A special exhibition is held in the museum's living rooms each