The Grenna Museum Foundation and the Andrée Museum were formed in 1977 by the Grenna Local Folklore Society and the Municipality of Jönköping. The Local Folklore Society has been extremely active since 1912, and has gradually built up a collection of objects and buildings, which together with various forms of activities have created a rich ensemble. Up until the formation of the Foundation, activities were mainly carried out by volunteers. In the 1970s, it became increasingly apparent that a full-time employee was needed. The first person recruited by the Foundation was Olof Fong – a grand old man within the protection of Swedish monuments and folklore, who during his time drove museum questions and tourism forwards within the region.
In May 2002, the Grenna Museum Foundation moved into new premises – the Grenna Culture Institution – with a museum on two floors, a tourist office, and the municipal library integrated with the Grenna Boarding School’s library. We are located where the previous Andrée Museum used to be, of which the collection of objects and items is still with us, but now in significantly larger premises.
With the move, we adopted a new logo and a new name, Grenna Museum, which marks our geographical location and original concept of local history. The Andrée Expedition expresses that we are still an Andrée museum. Finally, the Polar Centre signals a new niche. Using a world-famous expedition – S A Andrée’s Polar Expedition – with our collection of objects and items as a starting point, we also present other expeditions about both the Arctic and Antarctic, and keep you as a visitor updated about current research in the regions concerned.
The overall surface of today’s museum is almost three times greater than previously and devoted to S A Andrée and polar history in general. The local history is on display in Franckska gården in the museum garden – free of charge.
In the village of Röttle, we operate mill activities in the Rasmus Mill, and our outdoor museum – where the Local Folklore Society had its origins – is located on Gränna Mount with several culture-historical buildings.