People began to talk about setting up a museum in the former Whalers Commander’s Residence with collections and photo/historical archives in the late 1960’s. About 10 years later, work was done more seriously. Like several other Greenlandic museums Aasiaat Museum is a child of the 60’s. The house from the 1770’s has previously been asked to organize for the local museum, which would not be restored until after 1982. This decision had been taken by the Greenland Ministry in terms with the investment plans for the commune in the years from 1974 to 1978.
The future of the house was discussed. The Chairman of the commune council Ado Lynge stated that the city’s oldest house would not be big enough. Hendrik Johansen stated that they should not wait until after 1982 for the layout of the local museum. The objects will be fewer and harder to catch. Johansen suggested that the commune council should consider whether to buy the old house of former politician Frederik Lynge for that purpose.
Former Whalers Commander's Residence. The oldest house in Aasiaat.