The foundry museum at Nykøbing on the island of Mors in northern Jutland portrays the kind of enterprises that flourished in the nineteenth century in market towns, not only in Denmark but in most countries of Western Europe. The Morsø Iron Foundry was established in 1853 by N A Christensen (d 1914), formerly book keeper at a foundry at nearby Thisted. He took into partnership an expert iron founder, Wilhemm Bonne, but he only stayed for a short time. Christensen retired in 1887 a year after K E Messerschmidt entered the partnership. Messerschmidt took the business forward and erected new buildings in 1913. The company moved in 1992 to new premises on the outskirts of the town and the buildings of 1913 now house the museum.
The displays include pots and pans, smoothing irons, window frames and heating stoves of the kind that can be seen in farmhouses in Danish open air museums. Twentieth-century developments are not neglected and visitors can see how the foundry was mechanised, and how it produced boilers and kitchen ranges, and how it worked with celebrated designers to produce fashionable kitchen wares.