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The Museums of Copenhagen, Denmark


The National Museum

This is a museum that focuses on Danish culture and history. It is located beside the 18th Century Christiansborg Palace. It is a good place to visit for people who are interested in history, as it has evidence which dates back up to 14,000 years. There is an extensive collection of pieces from the Middle Age and Renaissance. The material also goes outside Denmark, with its ethnographic collection, like artifacts from America (Native American), Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, Japan, Central Asia, China and more. It has free entry.

Open Air Museum

The Open Air Museum is located north of Copenhagen, and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It takes up 86 acres of land, which includes farms, mills and houses from 1650-1950. A great place to visit for people who want to learn about history and not be stuck inside forever. It has free entry.


The National Gallery

This large museum that features over 700 years of Western art and cultural history. It has many Danish and international fine arts, ranging from paintings to drawings to photography to sculpture. It has works by some famous painters, such as Tizian, Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrandt and Edvard Munch, as well as some modern exhibits. The museum building dates back to 1896, but the inside is very modern looking. It has free entry.

City Museum

This museum is on the subject of Copenhagen. It has modern exhibits, such as Copenhagen by Bicycle. There is also an extensive Picture Archive, which contains paintings, maps, photography, postcards and prints. It is a great place for people who like architecture, urban studies or just history.


Danish Resistance Museum

This museum exhibits the history of Danish resistance to Nazi occupation from 1940-1945. It has a chronological exhibit of how the resistance movement developed, and the guides are in both Danish and English. It has free entry.


ARKEN Museum-The Ark

This museum is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Copenhagen, and holds exhibitions of modern art, particularly from the Nordic region. It covers most ranges of fine art, such as photography, graphics, paintings, sculptures, installations and other media art. It is more young and hip museum for those who are not as into classical art.


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