Toldkammeret, Elsinore's old customs house, now functions as a music venue and café. Children from all over Elsinore can also express their creative talents in the children's cultural centre and its workshops, all within the old protected structure.
The customs house was inaugurated the 16th of November 1891, and used by the Danish customs authorities until 1976, where a request was made to the Elsinore municipality, asking if it wanted to acquire the building. This was the beginning of a great debate.
Plans to tear down the building were discarded, as they were met with massive resistance by a number of associations and interest groups, who wishes to make use of it. The debate of the future function of the place continued until 1979, where it was finally decided to maintain the old building as part of the town-scape.
In 1989, Toldkammmeret was turned into an independent institution, Kulturhuset Toldkammeret. The year after Kammercaféen was opened, inspired by the Copenhagen cafe culture.
Toldkammeret has in a period functioned as the city’s most important venue for rhythmic music, and has been host to a number of art exhibitions. With the opening of Kulturværftet, the music culture in Elsinore has acquired an entirely new scene with room for big concerts.
Helsingør Toldkammer was designed based on northern Italian renaissance palaces, and constructed by royal building inspector Johan Daniel Herholdt in 1891. Toldkammeret replaced the city’s old customs house from the 1700s, that had to be demolished along with the large old customs storehouse when the new railway station was constructed.