Teckningsmuseet’s history begins in 1979, when Björn Rosendal – artist, writer and doctor from Laholm – got the idea to start an academy for all art forms. Two years later, on June 23 1981, Böllerupakademien (The Böllerup Academy) was founded. The name comes from the fact that Björn Rosendal lived in Bölarp, which during the Danish time was called Böllerup. In spring 1983, the idea of a museum for drawings was born. Drawing, the nerve in the visual art and sculpture’s history, needed attention. Together with the artist Hardy Strid and the musician Ingvar Neuman, Björn began collecting artworks for a future museum of drawings located in Laholm.
The foundation “Laholm’s Drawing Museum” was established in 1992 with a board consisting of three representatives from Böllerupakademin, three from Laholm’s Municipality and one from the Museum of Halmstad. The composition of the board gave the municipality transparency in the work, apart from that the foundation was completely independent.
Teckningsmuseet was assigned premises in the old Town Hall and opened on June 18, 1992. In October the same year a friendship organization was formed, which over the years had a significant impact on the business. In 2000 the museum changed its name to Teckningsmuseet i Laholm (The Museum of Drawings in Laholm).
Over the years the collection of artworks grew and the museum became increasingly overcrowded. In 2004 the work began to rebuild Laholm’s old fire station into a museum of drawings, and on March 3, 2007, it opened.
Until January 1, 2009, the museum was driven entirely by the foundation “Teckningsmuseet i Laholm”. After that Laholm’s Municipality took over before they gave mandate to Halland Art Museum, on January 1, 2010, to lead the business. From January 1, 2013, Teckningsmuseet is driven by Laholm’s Municipality again.