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Copenhagen has a lot of great museums; some are obvious and well-known, while others are a bit hidden and off the beaten track. Below is a list of the museums in the Copenhagen and surrounding areas. If there are other museums you know about and would like to add them to our list, please let us know by using the contact page. Or you can also leave us a comment below on any the museums you have visited, in order to help others make an informed decision.

Glyptoteket Museum

Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen V Tlf: 33 41 81 41

Located right behind Tivoli, the Glyptotek houses over 10.000 works of art divided into two principal collections. One is of works from the Mediterranean Cradle of Western culture; the other is of Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Free entry on Sundays.

National Museum / Nationalmuseet

Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 København K Tlf: 33 13 44 11

Located across from Christiansborg, The National deals with Danish Cultural History. You can spend a whole day exploring this museum. I suggest taking one of the self-guided tours, which you can get at the information desk. The tour will take you an hour to complete, but it will give you a great overview and then you can return and explore the areas that interest you most. There is also a wonderful café where you can enjoy a nice meal for a reasonable price. Free entry.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk Tlf: 49 19 07 19

The Louisiana is regarded as one of the best modern art museums in northern Europe and is very popular. Unfortunately, it is not in Copenhagen. It is located 40 minutes north of the city in Humblebaek. It has a permanent exhibition plus several rotating exhibits, including an outdoor sculpture park.

Statens Museum for Kunst

Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 Copenhagen K Tlf: 33 74 84 94

The museum is located on the southeast corner of Ostre Anlaeg. This is a wonderful museum with several collections, including the large cast collection and a children’s art section. Most of the museum is free, but there are some collections which charge a small fee. Collections change, so check their website for the latest news.

The Museum of Copenhagen (Bymuseet)

59 Vesterbrogade,1620 København V 33 21 07 72

Bymuseet has a collection of prints, engravings and other artwork all about the city of Copenhagen. Some really fascinating pictures and artwork -- well worth a visit. Small entrance fee. Free entry on Fridays.

The Hirschsprung

Stockholmsgade 20, 2100 Copenhagen Tlf: 35 42 03 36

The Hirschsprung houses a large collection of paintings, most notably from the Skagen area of Denmark. Free entry on Wednesdays.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Rådhuspladsen 57, 1550 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 32 31 31

Ripley's is located right across from the Rådhuspladsen (next to McDonald's) and is a collection of weird and wacky things. Lots of hands-on things to feel and try.

The Wonderful World of Hans Christian Andersen

Rådhuspladsen 57, 1550 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 32 31 31

WWHCA is a mix of amusement park and museum. Here you can hear his stories (told in Danish with English subtitles).

Exhibition Hall for Modern and Contemporary Art (Kunstforeningen)

Gammel Strand 48, 1202 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 36 0206

The museum has rotating exhibits, but mostly it is art by up-and-coming or prominent Scandinavian artists. Conveniently located right off the Strøget.

Danish Museum of Art and Design (Kunstindustrimuseet)

Bredgade 68, 1260 København Tlf: 33 18 56 56

Located just south of the Kastellet. This is a museum for those interested in the history of Danish design. Parts of the museum charge a fee; other areas are free.

Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, (Kunsthallen Nikolaj)

Nikolaj Plads 10, 1067 København K Tlf:33 18 17 80

Located right off the Strøget on Nikolaj Plads. If you like odd, contemporary art, then this might be the place for you. Collections and exhibitions change regularly.

The Royal Danish Naval Museum (Orlogsmuseet)

Overgaden oven Vandet, 1415 Copenhagen Tlf:33 11 60 37

Located on Overgaden oven Vandet 58 in Christiansnhavn. The museum has one of the world's finest collections of naval models, including paintings and other naval memorabilia. Free admission on Wednesdays.

The Immigration Museum (Fureso Museet)

Stavnsholtvej, 3520 Farum Tlf:72 35 61 00

This is a collection of 4 historical buildings that are dedicated to the history of immigration in Denmark, including a large database of immigrants.

The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum (Tøjhusmuseet)

Located at Tøjhusgade 3, this museum houses a collection of hand-held weapons and cannons. If you like weapons, you will enjoy a visit here. Free admission on Wednesdays.

The Historic Ships at Holmen(Skibe paa Holmen)

Frederiksholms Kanal 29, 1220 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 11 60 37

The museum is in the harbor located at the end of Holmen. If you enjoy naval crafts, then here is your chance to board 3 different vessels from the Danish Navy. You can inspect a submarine, a fast boat and a frigate.

Thorvaldsens Museum

Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, 1213 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 32 15 32

The museum houses most of the works of art created by Denmark’s most famous artist, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Entry is free on Wednesdays.

Museum Amager (Amagermuseet)

Hovedgaden 4 & 12, 2791 Dragør Tlf: 32 53 02 50

This is 3 museums all located in the Dragor area. They house a collection of paintings and artwork depicting the cultural history of the area. Includes the Dragør Museum, Molsteds Museum and Amagermuseet.

Arken Museum of Modern Art

Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj Tlf: 43 54 02 22

The Arken is located outside of Copenhagen in Ishøj. The museum is built like a ship and houses Scandinavian works of art – mostly modern.

The Danish Design Center

HC Andersens Boulevard 27, 1553 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 69 33 69

Located next to Tivoli, this museum has rotating exhibits dealing with contemporary art.


Tuborg Havnevej 7, 2900 Hellerup Tlf: 39 27 33 33

The Experimentarium is probably one of the most fun museums in Copenhagen, especially if you have children. There are over 300 exhibits covering all branches of science and they are hands-on. You can touch the exhibits, try them, play around and have fun. This is a great place to take your children and is very popular with schools.

The Resistance Museum (Frihedsmuseet)

Churchillparken, 1263 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 47 39 21

This museum is dedicated to the history of the Danish resistance movement during 1940 – 1945, when the Germans occupied Denmark. Free entrance.

The Erotica Museum (Museum Erotica)

Koebmagergade 24, Copenhagen Tlf: 33 12 03 11

The name says it all! It is a history of erotica and was one of the first museums of its kind. This is a very explicit museum so if you are easily embarrassed, it may be best to avoid it. Includes unique toys, films, postcards, paintings, magazines, etc. Enlightening but not everyone's cup of tea.

Storm P Museum

Frederiksberg Rundel, 2000 Frederiksberg Tlf: 38 86 05 23

Located west of the city center in Frederiksberg, near the entrance to Frederiksberg Have. Well worth a visit if you enjoy a bit of comedy. Lots of sketches and drawings from the famous Danish artist, Storm P.

Post and Tele Museum

Købmagergade 37, 1012 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 41 09 00

This is a museum dedicated to the history of communication in Denmark. Interesting photos and old instruments. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Cisternerne Modern Glass Museum (Cisternerne - Museet for Moderne Glaskunst)

Pile Alle 55, 2000 Frederiksberg Tlf: 33 21 93 10

This museum is located in a modern glass building and is dedicated to glass work. Very interesting place.


Frederiksgade 11, 3400 Hillerød Tlf: 48 24 34 48

Located in Hillerød, this is a cultural history museum for the north Sjaelland area.

Carlsberg Museum

Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, 2500 Valby 33 27 12 82

Located in Valby, this is a museum dedicated to the history of the Carlsberg Brewery. Tour the museum and learn about the brewery. At the end there is a chance to sample the various wares for free. Must be 18 or older to sample the beer.

Workers' Museum (Arbejdermuseet)

Rømersgade 22,1362 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 93 25 75

This museum consists of 4 museums all dedicated to the past 150 years of workers and their daily lives. See how they lived and worked.

Bakke House Museum (Bakkehusmuseet)

Rahbeks Allé 23, 1801 Frederiksberg Tlf: 33 31 43 62

A museum set in an apartment belonging to the Rahbeks. It is a step back into the 1800s.

Ballerup Museum

Pederstrupvej 51, 2750 Ballerup Tlf. 44 97 11 13

This museum, located in Pederstrup, is a village museum dedicated to the history of Ballerup and includes a house displaying watercolors done by the Grand Duchess Olga.

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The Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet)

Avedørelejren, 2650 Hvidovre Tlf: 36 49 00 30.

Located in the old military barracks in Avedøre, the museum is dedicated to the circus arts. Presently closed til 2009 due to a new exhibition in the works.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 13 40 22

This is a new museum featuring modern art. Rotating exhibits.

DAC (Danish Architecture Center)

Strandgade 27, 1401 Copenhagen Tlf: 32 57 19 30

The museum features Danish architecture.

Danish Hunting Museum (Dansk Jagt- og Skovbrugsmuseum)

Folehavevej 15-17, 2970 Hørsholm Tlf: 45 86 05 72

Museum about the history of hunting and forest use in Denmark. Free entrance on Wednesdays.

Danish School Museum (Dansk Skolemuseet)

Rådhusstræde 6, 1466 Copenhagen

The museum was about the history of the school system in Denmark. Unfortunately due to funding the museum has closed. May reopen?

The David Collection (Davids Samling)

Kronprinsessegade 30, 1306 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 73 49 49

The museum has two exhibits – one on Islamic Artwork and the other is a collection of fine art from the 18th century. Free entrance.

The Royal Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek)

Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1016 Copenhagen Tlf: 33 47 47 47

Lots of historical documents and magazines.

Diesel House

Elværksvej 50, 2450 Copenhgen Tlf: 32 54 02 27

This museum houses a huge diesel motor from 1932. This is the world's largest diesel motor and it still works. It is started up a couple of times a week. Check website for a schedule. Also houses a history of the diesel motor and other technological history.

Esrum Abbey (Esrum Kloster)

Klostergade 11, Esrum, 3230 Græsted Tlf: 48 36 04 00

Located in northern Sjaelland in Graested, this is dedicated to the middle ages and is also a retreat -- a place to really get away. The time to visit is during their summer events. Download their schedule to really get the most of your visit.

Finn Juhl’s House (Finn Juhl’s Hus)

Vilvordevej 110, 2920 Charlottenlund Tlf: 39 64 11 83

Located in Charlottelund, this is a museum dedicated to the furniture of Finn Juhl. Visit his home, which is tauted as being in full harmony. Part of the Ordrupgaard Museum.

Flynderupgård Museet

Agnetevej 9, 3060 Espergaerde Tlf. 49 28 19 00

The museum is located south of Helsingør in Espergaerde. Dedicated to the history of the fishing industry in Øresund.

Geology Museum (Geologisk Museum)

Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 Copenhagen Tlf: 35 32 23 45

Dedicated to the geological evolution of Denmark and Greenland.

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