State-subsidized museums are established throughout Denmark. Along with state museums, they create a network to safeguard the cultural as well as natural identity of Denmark and collate understanding about this heritage. Whichever Danish city you visit, the countryside is bordered by museums where large collections accommodate a broad variety of art styles and epochs.
From the Neolithic period and the Norse Age to the Danish Golden Age and modern art, the museums of Denmark will placate even the most arduous culture buff. Almost 56 museums concentrate on cultural history, different periods, and facets of the history of Denmark. There are 27 art museums and two museums (geology, zoology and botany) are based on natural history. 13 museums cover various fields, e.g. cultural, artistic, and natural history. Some museums have many subsidiaries or display areas.
All Denmark museums encompass a specific area of responsibility, which is defined geographically, chronologically, or thematically. Some national heritage museums generally encompass the history of their locality, while others are specialized in, for e.g. agriculture or fishing industry. Similarly, some art museums have extensive catalogues, while others focus on a particular artist’s schools or works.
1. Moesgaard Museum
The new Moesgaard Museum provides tourists an international cultural and historical background with paleontological and ethnographic exhibitions. In addition, short – term galleries show the greatest cultural heritage in the world.
Visitors can understand the folk behind the displayed objects through set designs and dramatic tropes at the Moesgaard Museum (MOMU). The galleries are based on the latest technology and research.
Location: Moesgaard Alle 15, Aarhus 8270, Denmark
Contact: +45 87 39 40 00
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2. Castle Frederiksborg
Built on three islands, this historic castle is flanked by gorgeous lakes and gardens. Castle Frederiksborg has been housing the National History Museum since 1878.
A tour of the many lovely rooms of the museum is a meeting with monarchs, queens, aristocrats, bourgeoisie, events and eras, all of which have influenced the history and development of the country from the middle Ages to the 21st century. Brewer J.C. Jacobsen founded the Museum. He is also known as the Carlsberg founder.
Location: Frederiksborg Slot 10, Hillerod, Hilleroed Municipality 3400, Denmark
Contact: +45 48 26 04 39
3. The David Collection
The museum has three perpetual collections, the core of which dates from the days of its founder, C. David. The Islamic Art Collection comprises dreamy ornamental artwork from the 7th to the middle of the 19th century from a locality stretching from Spain in the west to China in the East.
The European Art Collection offers an array of 18th and 19th century art pieces like fabric architecture and German and French porcelain. The Danish Early modern art exhibition includes paintings and sculptures made by Danish artists between 1880 and 1950, respectively.
Location: Kronprinsessegade 30, Copenhagen 1306, Denmark
Contact: +45 33 73 49 49
4. Den GamleBy
If you are looking for Denmark museums that are exclusively known for their historical richness, then visit Den GamleBy (The Old Town). It is Denmark’s National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture. The museum is made up of over 75 historical houses in Denmark.
In addition to the historical houses and apartments in the section of 1974, there are over 34 workshops and shops, a post office, a telephone exchange, a pharmacy, a school, a jazz bar, and more. The museum also has its own theatre, the Elsinore Theatre, used for opera, chamber concerts, festivals and so on.
Location: Viborgvej 2, Aarhus 8000, Denmark
Contact: +45 41 85 09 59
5. Stevnsfort Cold War Museum
Attend the nuclear proof fortress in StevnsKlint and hear the tale of one of the most secret places in Denmark during the Cold War on the front line. The Stevnsfort Cold War Museum is ideal for a trip with heaps to see and experience for the whole family.
Today, you can relive a nuclear attack-proof fortress as it seemed when war was nearest. Any trip to the fortress is a moving occasion when you join one of the 20 devoted and diverse guides of the museum for an enjoyable tour with tales of the war in distinctive and genuine environments.
Location: Korsnaebsvej 60, Roedvig 4673, Denmark
Contact: +45 56 50 28 06
6. Kronborg Castle
The Kronborg Castle hovers on a very narrow ridge between the Danish and Swedish coasts. With its columns, limestone, spires, towers and copper roofs, the Renaissance era castle stands majestic. The Castle of Kronborg is a splendid Renaissance castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. On this occasion, Kronborg Castle celebrates Shakespeare’s legendary play Hamlet with a concoction of theatrical jaunt, drama and celebrations in the castle’s majestic halls.
Location: Kronborg 2 C, Helsingor 3000, Denmark
Contact: +45 41 20 60 94
7. The Hirschsprung Collection
The Hirschsprung collection is elegantly located on the old Copenhagen parapets in the green parks of the Ostre Anlaeg. The museum houses the selection of Danish art by Heinrich and Pauline Hirschsprung and decided to open its entrances to the community in the summer of 1911.
The museum was built by the architect H.B. Strock. The initial decor and gallery were designed by the art historian Emil Hannover, who also became the first director of the museum. Henrich Hirschsprung donated his 19th century collection to the Danish State in 1902.
Location: Stockholmsgade 20, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact: +45 35 42 03 36
8. Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Welcome to the Aros Aarhus Art Museum-one of the biggest art museums in Europe, located in the center of Aarhus. Aros is an art house where our guests can be delighted, educated, and challenged. Architecture and art, both give high-carat experiences: from light to excitement, from mentality to titillation, from happiness to challenge.
Location: ArosAlle 2, Aarhus 8000, Denmark
Contact: +45 87 30 66 00
9. The Danish Railway Museum
Witness the past of the railways in Denmark in the historically accurate 1954 roundhouse! It has 21 tracks with emblematic motors and trucks. Look in the regal carriages, experience first-class travel and see the oldest tended steam engine in Denmark from 1868. You can enter many of the motors and carriages of the museum.
You can sit on the ancient wooden seats or stand in the steam locomotive driver’s cab. They offer a fulfilling excursion for the entire family and welcome visitors of all ages. Visit the children’s railway station, full of trains and rails, with which you can play.
Location: Dannebrogsgade 24, Odense 5000, Denmark
Contact: +45 66 13 66 30
10. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Founded in 1888, this gorgeous museum encourages you to uncover the largest collection of ancient Mediterranean art in Northern Europe and visit the prominent catalogue of French impressionist paintings in Denmark. The magnificent buildings are full of atmosphere and each corner offer a new background.
The museum’s heart is the classic subtropical winter garden of 1906 with tall palm trees, a fountain and a pool of fish. The museum was established by Carl Jacobsen, a renowned brewing magnate, who made Carlsberg beer globally known.
Location: Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen 1556, Denmark
Contact: +45 33 41 81 41
11. Skagens Museum
Founded in 1908, the Art Museum in Skagen exhibits a large selection of works by famous members of the Skagen Painters colony who resided and worked in the region in the late 19th and early 20th century. Include names like Marie Krøyer, P. Michael Ancher, Viggo Johansen, Krøyer, Laurits Tuxen, Anna Ancher, Holger Drachmann.
Location: Brøndumsvej 4, Skagen 9990, Denmark
Contact: +45 98 44 64 44
12. The Open-Air Museum
Experience the historical and evocative buildings in the Open-Air Museum in various parts of Denmark. You can see astonishing and elemental buildings, old animal breeds in the countryside, and appealing historical gardens.
Take a horse – drawn carriage ride and find solace in the shop of the museum. Bring your family with you and a picnic basket to the Open-Air Museum for a day.
Location: Kongevejen 100 | Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen 2800, Denmark
Contact: +45 41 20 64 55
13. Rosenborg Castle
The lovely 400-year old castle is located in the prevalent park of central Copenhagen, The King’s Garden. The castle was constructed by one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated kings, Christian IV. Nowadays, the triumph of the past can be witnessed by the many artifacts of the kings and queens of the past.
The Great Hall with its coronation seats and three life-sized silver lions is one of the main attractions. The jewels of the crown and the royal regalia flash behind the thick walls of the treasury below the castle.
Location: Oster Voldgade 4A, Copenhagen 1350, Denmark
Contact: +45 33 15 32 86
Denmark is a fantastic place for the lovers of museums. From contemporary art to ancient civilization, tourists can enjoy almost all types of museums in this Nordic country. We hope this list of museums in Denmark enables you to explore the country without losing your excitement. Each museum will enlighten you with some really interesting facts during your trip to Europe.
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