Copenhagen (Kopenhagen) museums are the best to visit, with outstanding collections from the Vikings period and other periods of Danish history. Copenhagen has always been a city of art, culture and tradition, with more than fifty museums that tell different stories about the varied past and glory of the city.
The National Museum of Copenhagen displays ancient memoirs and most spectacular archaeological findings, which is Denmark’s largest museum whose leading domicile is a classical 18th-century mansion. The museum is spread in around 10,000 square meters, easily accessible using do-it-yourself audio guides that come in a transportable CD player and headphones available in both English and Danish.
A two kg heavy gold necklace found at the chieftain’s seat at Tisso in Western Zealand, the cup of King Gorm, and a selection of runic stones that weigh several tons are put on a display in the Runic Hall.
Address: Frederiksholms Kanal 12, DK 1220 Copenhagen K, Denmark
The National Art Gallery
The Danish national art museum is Denmark’s national gallery, known as Statens Museum for Kunst. It showcases European and Danish paintings, sculptures from the 15th century onwards, works of art on paper, plaster casts of ancient times from the middle-ages and the renaissance period, and many foreign works that attract millions of visitors.
Address: Solvgade 48-50, 1307 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Arken, which lies to the south of Copenhagen, exhibits Danish, Scandinavian, and international art. The museum also has numerous modern art creations of Damien Hirst, Olafur Eliasson, Sherin Neshat, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ingar Dragset, and Michael Elmgreen.
Address: Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishoj, Denmark
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located in northern Zealand, showcases an excellent view from the outside Cafe across the Øresund. It is surrounded by a sculpture park with works by artists such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Jean Arp and is known for its exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection of modern art. Many modern paintings and sculptures include artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, and Robert Rauschenberg and Asger Jorn, and videos from the World War II period are also shown here.
Address: Gammel Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebaek, Denmark
The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of Danish cultural history, whose primary domicile is a classical 18th-century mansion. An entire range of data regarding all the historical events from the past to date is exhibited here.
Address: Prince's Mansion, Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Open Air Museum in the north of Copenhagen stretches across 86 acres of land and houses over 50 farms, mills, and houses from 1650-1950, where entry is free. It displays various historic dwellings, farms, buildings and landscapes of Scandinavian history.
Address: Kongevejen 100, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
The Danish Resistance Museum is a permanent museum based on the history of the Nazi’s impact on Denmark during the early decades of the nineteenth century.
Address: Esplanaden 13, 1263 Copenhagen, Denmark
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a place of art and culture known for its antique collection of sculptures and paintings worldwide. The museum displays an Egyptian exhibit, works by French sculptor Rodin, sculptures by Degas, Canova, Rauch, and Kai Nielsen, and an extensive collection of antique Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan and Roman sculptures. Besides this, a collection of paintings by artists like Gericault, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, and a splendid self-portrait by Cezanne.
Address: Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen, Denmark
As the name suggests, it is a museum dedicated to the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, whose creations in the form of sculptures are put on view here. He lived and worked in Rome for most of his life.
The museum is situated just next to the Christianborg palace, is decorated with Roman and Etruscan excavations, and is inspired by Greek architecture. The place is a collection of the artist’s work and the paintings and drawings of Thorvaldsen, which are placed in the museum’s basement.
Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, 1213 Copenhagen K, Denmark