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Museum Guide for Copenhagen

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The Danish capital is home to several internationally acknowledged museums, attracting artists and visitors from all over the world. From Louisiana's scenic surroundings in the north, through the grand institutions in the city centre, to a haven of innovative modern art at Arken in the south, here is a collection of some of the very best cultural hot spots in the city.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

11 Places

7 City Tips

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11 Places

National Gallery of Denmark

Art Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Coffee Shops

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Speciality Museums

Visit Carlsberg

Historic Sites, Breweries, Speciality Museums

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Speciality Museums

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Scenic Walking Areas

Den Frie.

Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums

IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Observatories & Planetariums

Arken Museum of Modern Art

Art Museums

Christiansborg Palace

Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Designmuseum Danmark

Speciality Museums, Art Museums, History Museums

Ordrupgaard

Art Museums

Camilla C's City Tips

  • As temperatures can vary, it is wise to dress in layers.
  • Many state-run museums - like The National Museum, The Museum of Danish Resistance, The Open Air Museum, and The National Gallery - offer free entry.
  • Make sure to venture out of the city centre to see all the not-so-touristy attractions and hidden gems.
  • Many museums are closed on Mondays. Check websites before visiting.
  • Copenhagen Card (DKK 469.00 for 48 hours) gives you access to 75 of the largest attractions, plus unlimited access to all public transportation, including the airport.
  • Public transportation is easy in Copenhagen. A City Pass gives you unlimited access to trains, metro, buses, and water buses in zones 1 - 4, covering all city areas.
  • With bike lanes along every street, cycling is the easiest way to navigate the city. Get bike tips here: www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/copenhagen-bike-rentals.
  • National Gallery of Denmark
    Art Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Coffee Shops
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    Camilla C Says:

    Founded in 1824 to house the royal family's art collections, the National Gallery of Denmark (or Statens Museum for Kunst) is Denmark's largest art museum, featuring collections of national and international art from the past seven centuries, in addition to a fascinating selection of temporary exhibitions. The building itself is a stately monument, with a starkly modern glass addition.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open until 8pm on Wednesdays.
    • Take a breather in the light-filled cafe to enjoy wonderful view across Øster Anlæg (formerly part of the fortification system encircling medieval Copenhagen, now a park).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 165 Shopping in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stylish, impressive 22/10/2018
    • Pleasantly surprising. 22/10/2018
    • National Gallery of Denmark
    Address:
    Soelvgade 48/50
    Copenhagen 1307
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 74 84 94
    Hours:
    Tue
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kunsthal Charlottenborg
    Speciality Museums
    Camilla C Says:

    Presenting an ambitious and creative catalogue of exhibitions and events, Kunsthal Charlottenborg is one of the largest spaces for contemporary art in Europe. Its annual exhibitions and talks, performances and screenings speak to a wide range of art lovers, and its independent bookshop offers distinctive publications in the field of fine art and critical design theory.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The museum offers free admission on Wednesdays after 5pm.
    • Also open during gallery hours, Charlottenborg Café sells delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes, as well as coffee, ice cream, wine and beer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    • BIG Art exhibition 27/09/2018
    • I don't enjoy art that makes me nausceous 17/09/2018
    • Kunsthal Charlottenborg
    Address:
    Kongens Nytorv 1
    Copenhagen 1051
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 74 46 39
    Hours:
    Tue
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Visit Carlsberg
    Historic Sites, Breweries, Speciality Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    Set in the original Carlsberg brewery, which was founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen, the Carlsberg Museum is a giant experience centre offering plenty of exciting history, discoveries and (not least) beer tasting. The guided tour offers you a mix of tales about the brewery and the Jacobsen family, as well as information about the development of the area into a new Copenhagen neighbourhood. A very cool part of the exhibition is the Aroma Room, where beer enthusiasts smell their way to their favourite brew based on scientific analysis of the sense of smell!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get the 'Visit Carlsberg' app to see museum's daily programs, to gain knowledge at the Brewer's Academy and play the in-app game, The Challenge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    • A LOT of reading for the self guided tour 20/11/2018
    • Not so good 13/11/2018
    • Visit Carlsberg
    Address:
    Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11
    Copenhagen 1799
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 27 13 98
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Speciality Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    An impressive combination of ancient and modern pieces, combined with a beautiful winter garden, make this art museum special. Founded in 1888 by brewer Carl Jacobsen, Glyptotek displays excellent collections of 3500 years of Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculpture, as well as central works from the Danish Golden Age and French Impressionism.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free admission on Sundays!
    • When you've seen enough, Café Glyptoteket, located in the spacious garden, offers tempting organic lunches and cakes, prepared when you order them.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice museum 19/11/2018
    • Good but nothing special 16/11/2018
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Address:
    Dantes Plads 7
    Copenhagen 1556
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 41 81 41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Scenic Walking Areas
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    Camilla C Says:

    Located 40 kilometres north of the city, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is worth visiting as much for its beautiful sculpture garden, with a panoramic view of Øresund, as for its 3,000 permanent works and special annual exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open until 10pm, Tuesday - Friday.
    • Louisiana is a lively and engaged culture house with plenty of activities for children and adults alike.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Humlebaek
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply incredible 19/11/2018
    • Louisiana Museum Cafe / coffee shop 14/11/2018
    • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Address:
    Gl Strandvej 13
    Humlebaek 3050
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 49 19 07 19
    Other:
  • Den Frie.
    Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    Situated at Østerport, just around the corner from the cobbled streets of 400 years old Nyboder and Øster Anlæg, Den Frie ('the free') is one of Denmark's oldest exhibition spaces for contemporary art and architecture. It was founded by artists who decided themselves what was to be displayed - a practice that has survived to this day. The unique wooden building was designed by artist J.F. Willumsen.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #229 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Installations 20/09/2018
    • Old very interesting peace of the danish art history. Check it out! 07/08/2018
    • Den Frie.
    Address:
    Oslo Plads 1
    DK-2100 Kobenhavn O
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 12 28 03
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium
    Observatories & Planetariums
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    Camilla C Says:

    On its constant travels toward new galaxies, this astronomic house attracts young and old with exciting, educational 3D films, animated lectures on space travel and various astro shows. The Tycho Brahe's permanent exhibition, The Active Universe, explores the stars and the possibility of living in space. Very interesting!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • See a piece of the moon: the Planetarium owns a moon stone, brought home on Apollo 17 in 1972.
    • Get a cup of good coffee and some nice organic sandwiches from Estate Coffee, across the street, and enjoy these on the steps behind the Planetarium, facing the Lakes.
    • Remember to look up: the eight planets of the solar system are on display in a 1:100,000,000 scale.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #281 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Good for rainy day - space 01/11/2018
    • Copenhagen Card Entrance + IMAX Movie 30/08/2018
    • IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium
    Address:
    Gammel Kongevej 10
    Copenhagen 1610
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 12 12 24
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Mon
    11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Tue
    9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Wed - Thu
    9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Fri
    10:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Sat
    9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Other:
  • Arken Museum of Modern Art
    Art Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    Resembling a stranded ship and situated in beautiful maritime surroundings, the Arken is an attraction in its own right. Inside, the light and minimalistic space showcases Modernist and contemporary art, featuring young talents in addition to famed artists. And like a giant lifeboat, the museum café hangs from the side of the ship, its large windows looking out at Køge Bay.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a stroll on the neighbouring long sandy beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place 16/11/2018
    • Museum trip in Denmark 08/11/2018
    • Arken Museum of Modern Art
    Address:
    Skovvej 100
    Ishoj
    Copenhagen 2635
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 43 54 02 22
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Christiansborg Palace
    Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Camilla C Says:

    Situated on the tiny island of Slotsholmen, the Christiansborg Palace is a former royal residence and now the centre of government. Rising 106 meters, its tower is the highest in the city, and, after a recent restoration, visitors can now visit the top to enjoy magnificent views, along with modern Danish food and pastry at Tarnet restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While on Slotsholmen, be sure to visit its many other museums, including the Royal Arsenal Museum and the Lapidarium of Kings.
    • There may be lines to enter the tower, as there is limited space at the top and all guests need to be scanned for security.
    • Before visiting the tower, take a guided tour of the palace, the royal reception rooms, the queen's tapestries, the ruin, the royal stables and the Flora Danica Cabinet.
    • Entrance to the tower is completely free, although the restaurant (Tarnet) is certainly worth a visit too!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting piece of history 18/11/2018
    • Great view from the tower 14/11/2018
    • Christiansborg Palace
    Address:
    Prins Joergens Gaard 1
    Copenhagen 1218
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 92 70 85
    Price range:
    US$ 4 - US$ 4
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Designmuseum Danmark
    Speciality Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    Danish design gets a lot of attention these days, the Designmuseum Danmark not only displays Danish (and international!) industrial design and applied arts, but also serves as a central resource for the study of design and developments within design. It offers guided tours in English, of the permanent exhibition as well as the special exhibitions. You'll see outstanding examples of furniture, print, drawings, fashion and textile in a fascinating interpretation of visions and reality.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum shop is a must-see with plenty of beautiful books and great ideas for presents.
    • Every summer, the museum garden stages theatre performances for the whole family.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 349 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great surprise 15/11/2018
    • Very interesting 12/11/2018
    • Designmuseum Danmark
    Address:
    Bredgade 68
    Copenhagen 1260
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 18 56 56
    Price range:
    US$ 115 - US$ 115
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ordrupgaard
    Art Museums
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    Camilla C Says:

    Housed in what was once a luxurious private residence with an adjoining art studio, Ordrupgaard Museum hosts works by prominent artists such as Købke, Lundbye, Ring and Hammershøi - oh, and also one of Northern Europe's finest collections of 19th and 20th century French masterpieces by Delacroix, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse... and their friends. A more recent extension, designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, provides contrast and complement to the early-20th-century villa and surrounding landscaped gardens - a black lava concrete shell, it is both imposing and graceful, with curved windows that blend into the garden.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum café offers a modern interpretation of the classic 'smørrebrød,' all made with organic Nordic ingredients.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Charlottenlund
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A museum in the forest 06/09/2017
    • Wonderful location & contents 17/08/2017
    • Ordrupgaard
    Address:
    Vilvordevej 110
    Charlottenlund 2920
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 39 64 11 83
    Price range:
    US$ 110 - US$ 110
    Hours:
    Tue
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Thu - Fri
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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