Rigsarkivet Odense

  • National archives of Funen
  • Landsarkivet for Fyn


The Danish National Archives, Odense
Jernbanegade 36 A
Odense C
South Denmark


+45 33 92 33 10


The archive opened on 1 November 1893, as the second of the three provincial archives envisioned in the first Danish archive law of 30 March 1889. The archive magazines stores currently around 20 km of archival material. The Archives are a central institution for all work relating to the history of the region of Funen.

Landsarkivet for Fyn is the former name of Rigsarkivet Odense. The archive is one of five subdivisions of the Danish National Archives.

The archive primarily collects and stores records from local state authorities in the Funen area. However, the archive also holds records from offices other than those that are required to submit records.


Rigsarkivet Odense is beautifully situated in the kitchen garden of Odense Castle.

There is a large storage room adjoining the Reading Room at the Archives where visitors can find the most frequently used records. Parish Registers, records of civil marriages, Probate Registers and copyholder records, county journals, draft lists, etc. as well as reserved records are kept at this storage. The Archives also contain a map table for large format maps.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Database "Daisy" of the Danish National Archives

Opening Times

Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Document ordering: Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Conditions of Access

The National Archives' collections are made available in the reading room, which is open to all interested parties.

Inventories for requesting other types of archival material are located in the Reading Room. It is possible to submit a request for Records which are not directly accessible to the users, by filling in the reservation slips (located by each seat) with specific information found in these inventories. The users have direct access to the Archives’ Reference Library located in the gallery; there, among other material, one can find the Danish Legal Gazette, legal references, administration history, biographies, Danish history, monographs, local history and general historical publications.


The archive’s reading room is located on the ground floor. The layout of the reading room allows wheelchair and Zimmer frame users to move about freely. Desks are easily accessible.

The registries in the reading room are placed on shelves. If you find it difficult to reach the material you want, the local staff can assist.

Research Services

Help and guidance is available directly from the archives through staff, and the archives have reference books and other aids for those who want to search for the records they are looking for themselves.

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