Object of the month: Game collection

Monthly Artifacts

Game collection

Long autumn evenings are perfect for gathering around the game table, and this month we are displaying a selection of games. The collection, which consists of board games, card games and puzzles, were in use in the donor’s childhood in 1970s Alta.

The collection includes Ludo, which is a simplified version of the traditional Indian game of Pachisi, as well as the strategy game Halma, invented in 1883 by a surgeon at Harvard Medical School. Another interesting object is a card game with Norwegian birds drawn by Vigdis Rojahn, originally published in 1943.

The games belong to the museum’s prop collection and will be put to use in future exhibitions, perhaps in the reconstruction era buildings next to the museum, once the buildings are fully restored.

Written by Lena Karlstrøm, curator