More about Dunkers

Henry Dunker lived 1870 - 1962 and ran the Tretorn rubbber factory in Helsingborg; the largest employer in town at the time and a world leader in the production of rubber boots, galoshes and tennis balls. 

Henry Dunker married a culturally-minded woman named Gerda. The couple had no children and upon their deaths they donated the entirety of their fortune to the city of Helsingborg. The generosity of Henry and Gerda Dunker’s endowment fund enabled this beautiful building to be built.


It was Danish architect Kim Utzon who won the architecture competition held in 1997. The theme was ”City by the sea” and Utzon designed Dunkers kulturhus like a medieval castle. A ring wall of offices and classrooms protext the inner ”jewels”, that is to say, the exhibitions. There are three significant architectural features: two sections of the roof are formed like rolling waves over the theatre and concert hall and sundial adorns the roof of the restaurant. The kulturhus opened in 2002 and covers 16 000 square metres. If you recognise the architect’s name, it could be due to the fact that his father, Jörn Utzon, designed the Opera house in Sydney, Australia.


Dunkers kulturhus is accesible for everyone. We are wheelchair and stroller friendly and there are headphones in the concert hall and theatre as well as guiding pathways at the entrance. Dunkers kulturhus is located in the heart of the city just steps away from local bus stops and the central station for train, ferry and airport connections. There is also a parking garage underneath Sundstorget, the square in front of the kulturhus, where you can park your car.

Food, drinking and shopping

Have a coffee, lunch or simply take a break in our bistro or restaurant where we take pride in serving food made with locally sourced ingedients. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be treated to a relaxing view over the harbour, Öresund and over to Denmark. In the shop you might just find a special souvenir or a lovely gift.

Information and ticket office

Our cultural information officers will guide you through Dunkers kulturhus and the rich cultural history of Helsingborg. At the ticket office you can buy tickets to events hosted on site as well as events in Helsingborg and rest of the country.

Viewings, tours and conferences

Invite your colleagues to a conference or your friends to an inspiring environment. If you are organizing a conference or group visit, you can book a guided tour of the building or any of our exhibitions. Read more about conferens opportunitites, viewings and tours at ”Göra”.

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