The location – Kvarnbyn

Barn vid museets entré. Foto: tinablick photo

The Mill Village (Kvarnbyn in Swedish) where the museum is located is a cultural heritage area with recorded history going back to the 14th century.

The museum was founded in 1987 and moved to its present location in 2002. Like many constructions along the rapids the museum building has a history of industrial manufacturing. From 1929 until 1982 stockings and socks where made in these premises. The house is still lovingly called “Strumpan” meaning “The Sock” because of its history.

Mölndal is ancient Swedish meaning Mill Valley and the name has been used since the Middle Ages. Surrounded by good farming lands the force of the rapid was used to grind the harvested seeds. The earliest records of mills by the rapids are from the 14th century and by the 17th century there were at least 35 buildings holding flour-, saw and paper mills in the area.

The last hydro powered manufacturer was shut down in 1942, but still for many years the area had many industries. In 2006 Papyrus a big paper manufacturer, located in Kvarnbyn at the bottom of the steep hill leading up to the museum, was the last to shut down.

The residential houses of Kvarnbyn are mainly old worker’s homes from the early 20th century. By then, the houses stood very close, packed next to one another and the number of residents was much greater then today. In our cafè you can find a recreated 1930’s apartment showing how a typical living space for a family might have looked in Kvarnbyn at the time.

Take a walk around Kvarnbyn before you leave to look at the surroundings and the powerful rapids!


Mölndals stadsmuseum | Kvarnbygatan 12 | 431 82 Mölndal | 031-315 16 50 |