Sisimiut has an open harbour all year and the largest ice-free hinterland in Greenland. The natural conditions have created a landscape with excellent possibilities for hunting, gathering and fishing which has attracted people throughout history. In the early 20th century Sisimiut became a leading force in the industrialisation of Greenland, which in turn gave rise to the many opportunities for education and training that are still a characteristic feature of the town.
The exhibition on the first floor of the Colonial Manager’s House shows a number of century-old scale models of a turf house and summer tent – the traditional dwellings of the Inuit people. It also includes an impressive harpoon used for whaling, as well as scale models of Sisimiut’s canning factory and shipyard, the latter being the first of its kind in Greenland.