16 Nov 2019
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is famous for its 19th-century amusement park, delicious cuisine and brilliant architecture.
But if you want to experience the culture, you must visit the museums in Copenhagen. From art galleries to a Viking ship, there are many to add to your checklist.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Here are the top 10 museums in Copenhagen.
1. The National Museum of Denmark
It makes sense to visit here first. The museum covers a wide range of eras including the Bronze Age, the Danish Prehistory, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Get lost in the side wings and exhibition halls where you’ll stumble across unique relics like the prehistoric Sun Chariot and Gundestrup Cauldron.
Despite its modern exterior, the National Museum is housed in the Prince’s Palace and dates back to the 18th century. This Copenhagen museum is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM.
2. National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst)
If you’re after a Copenhagen art museum, look no further.
The National Gallery boasts 350,000 artworks covering a span of 700 years. Among the diverse exhibition space, you can marvel at works from the Danish Golden Age until the 20th century.
Picasso, Braque and Derain are a handful of artists found here. An interesting fact is this impressive array of pieces was kept in the domain of royalty until 1849.
The museum is open from 10 AM to 6 PM except on Wednesday (10 AM to 8 PM).
3. Thorvaldsen's Museum
Bertel Thorvaldsen was one of the greatest European artists in the 19th-century and made pieces for Napolean and the Pope.
This museum Copenhagen opened its doors in 1848 and has an extensive collection of contemporary art. If you’re an architect buff, stop by, as you can observe Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll’s incredible design where light plays an important role in setting the atmosphere of the museum.
Know that the Thorvalsden is closed every Monday and is open on Wednesday from 10 AM to 4 PM. On every other day, the museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM.
4. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
This charming museum sits in Copenhagen's city centre and dates back to 1902. You’ll find French and Danish 19th-century masterpieces alongside Egyptian mummies, Greek sculptures and C.W. Eckerberg’s paintings.
Opening times are 11 AM to 6 s M every day.
5. The Hirschsprung Collection
The Hirschsprung Collection is located in a Neoclassical building and is a fine art museum in Copenhagen. Dive into a treasure trove of artworks from tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung and his wife alongside art from the Danish Golden Age and work from Skagen painters.
The museum is open from 11 AM to 4 PM every day.
6. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
If you’re a fan of contemporary art, this is the place for you. There’s an excellent collection of Danish art, pop art and a sculpture park with Ernst’s, Heerup’s and Miró’s creations.
Louisiana is in Humlbæk, 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen and is famous for its modernist classics. The museum opened in 1958 and intended to be home of Danish art but gradually began to showcase international works.
A unique feature of this museum is that it’s by the Øresund coast which offers a stunning view for visitors. On warm summer days, the café and garden are filled with art-enthusiasts relaxing in the sun.
On weekdays, the museum is open from 11 AM to 10 PM and from 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends.
7. Natural History Museum of Denmark
Calling all history buffs!
Here, visitors are spoiled by the Zoological Museum, Geological Museum and the Botanical Garden. It's the perfect way to while away an afternoon from marvelling at a mammoth skeleton to taking a stroll around the colourful plants and fungi.
Opening times are 10 AM to 4 PM every day except Monday (closed).
8. Viking Ship Museum
This is one of the best museums in Copenhagen for kids and adults alike. Immerse yourself in the land of Vikings through texts, images, and digital installations. Guests can observe five original Viking ships whose remains have survived over a thousand years.
From the museum’s harbour, you can even dress up like a Viking and cruise around the incredible Roskilde fjord and marvel the museum’s large collection of Nordic boats. During high-season, put your craftsmanship to the test with Viking crafts like woodcutting and willow weaving.
Opening times are every day, 10 AM to 4 PM.
9. M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark
Denmark has strong nautical ties, so it makes sense that the Maritime Museum goes all out. There’s a mixture of temporary and permanent exhibitions where visitors can learn about the sailor’s way of life and try navigating with old instruments.
The museum’s building is innovative and reaped many national and international prizes for its design. It’s open every day from 11 AM to 5 PM but it is closed on Mondays.
10. Worker's Museum
Take a glimpse into everyday Copenhagen life during the 1950s with the help of the 63,000 items and 13,000 works of art during the movement.
The exhibitions show 150 years of industrial history, highlighting the savviness of workers like seamstresses and brewery bottlers. There’s also a preserved 1950sapartment filled with furniture that reflects an era of post-World War II.
The museum is small but spends most of your time exploring the Sørensen home. This working-class family moved their eight children to Copenhagen and squeezed into a two-room apartment in 1915, and the second generation stayed until 1989.
This museum is open 10 AM to 4 PM every day except Wednesday (10 AM - 7 PM).
Which Museums in Copenhagen Will You Visit?
Denmark’s capital has a rich cultural history which is best appreciated in many of the museums in Copenhagen. From marvelling Danish art to seeing how Danish people lived, there’s much to learn and explore. Enjoy!
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