List of museums in and around Copenhagen

The following is a list of museums in Copenhagen, including all of the Region Hovedstaden [1] (best known in English-speaking countries as the Capital Region of Denmark).

The list

Name Image District/place Municipality Type Summary
Amalienborg MuseumAmalienborg Slotsplads 1
1257 København K
CopenhagenArt, antiquities, historic siteLocated in Amalienborg Palace, the royal palace, displays the Chronological Collections of the Glücksburg monarchs
Amber MuseumNyhavnCopenhagenDesign and natural history museumA combined shop and museum of amber
Arken Museum of Modern ArtSkovvej 100
2635 Ishøj
IshøjArtA permanent collection of modern art and large changing exhibitions
Assistens CemeteryNørrebroCopenhagenArtHistoric cemetery, burial place of many famous people, small museum dedicated to the artist Germin Stilling in former stables
BakkehusetRahbæks Allé 23
1801 Frederiksberg
FrederiksbergHistoric houseA historic house associated with the Danish Golden Age of the early 19th century
Blue Planet AquariumKastrupTårnbyAquariumAquarium with 4,000,000 water
Brede HouseBredeLyngby-TaarbækHistoric HouseA country house built in 1795 today managed by the National Museum as a historic house museum with interiors typical of its time
Brede WorksBredeLyngby-TaarbækIndustrial historyLocated in the largest listed Danish industrial complex, permanent and special exhibitions about industrial cultural history
Carlsberg Visitor CentreCarlsbergCopenhagen MunicipalityHistoryHistoric site, interactive experience centre
CharlottenborgCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityArtLocated in a historic building, large exhibition space for modern art
Church of Our SaviourChristianshavnCopenhagen MunicipalityReligiousLutheran church, access to the corkscrew spire
CinemateketCity CentreCopenhagenFilmNational Danish film museum with three auditoriums
The CisternsSøndermarkenFrederiksbergArtLocated in a complex of abandoned, underground cisterns, hosts a permanent and special exhibitions of glass art
Copenhagen City MuseumVesterbroCopenhagenHistoryExhibitions about the history of Copenhagen
Copenhagen ZooFrederiksbergFrederiksbergScienceAll-round zoological garden with Elephant House designed by Sir Norman Foster
Danish Architecture CentreChristianshavnCopenhagenDesignChanging exhibitions about architecture and urban planning
Danish Jewish MuseumSlotsholmenCopenhagenHistoryBased at the Royal Danish Library in galleries designed by Daniel Libeskind, documenting Jewish history in Denmark
Danish Maritime MuseumHelsingørHelsingørCultural historyMuseum dedicated to the maritime history of Denmark located in an underground museum building designed by Bjarke Ingels Group around a former dry dock
Danish Museum of Science & Technology Helsingør Helsingør Technology Dedicated to science and technology, focusing on display of machines and technology, old as well as new, including the recently used Soyuz TMA-12M space capsule.
National Gallery of DenmarkCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityArtNational collection of art from the 14th century to the present day
Danish Police MuseumNørrebroCopenhagen MunicipalityCultural historyA former police station from 1883, now a museum dedicated to the history of the Danish Police Fore and crime in Denmark
David CollectionCity CentreCopenhagenArt, applied artsLocated in two Neo-classical town houses, extensive collection of Islamic Art and Danish and European fine and applied arts
Den Frie UdstillingsbygningCity CentreCopenhagenArtContemporary art exhibitions
Design Museum DenmarkFrederiksstadenCopenhagenDesignLocated in the 18th-century Frederick's Hospital, Denmark's national museum for design, both modern and historic
DieselHouseSouth DocklandsCopenhagenTechnologyInteractive experience centre with diesel technology as the main theme
ExperimentariumTuborg HavnGentofteTechnologyLocated in a former building of the Tuborg Brewery, science centre with interactive exhibitions, changing exhibitions
Finn Juhl HouseKlampenborgGentofteHistoric houseOperated by Ordrupgaard, modernist house designed by Finn Juul with most of its furniture for his own use
Fotografisk CenterCarlsbergCopenhagenPhotographyExhibition space dedicated to Danish and International art photography
Frederiksborg MuseumHillerødHillerødArt. historic siteLocated at Frederiksborg Castle, art collection illustrating Danish history combined with historic interiors
Frederiksholms Kanal 16–18City CentreCopenhagenHistoric HouseThe Victorian Home, a 15-room, late 19th-century bourgeois home is operated as a historic house museum by the National Museum of Denmark
FrieboeshvileKongens LyngbyLyngby-TaarbækLocalA former Rococo country house, now hosting the local historic collections for Lyngby-Taarbæk municipality
Gammel HoltegårdHolteRudersdalArtLocated in a former country house designed by architect Lauritz de Thurah for his own use, changing art exhibitions
Heerup MuseumRødovreRødovreArt museumBiographical museum dedicated to the oeuvre of the artist Henry Heerup
Hirschsprung CollectionStockholmsgade 20
2100 København Ø
CopenhagenArtLarge collection of Danish 19th- and early 20th-century art with come provinence furniture
NivaagaardNivåFredensborgArtPermanent painting collection and changing exhibitions
J.F. Willumsens MuseumFrederikssundFrederikssundArtDedicated to the works of the artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen
HDMS Peder SkramHolmenCopenhagenShipA decommissioned frigate of the Royal Danish Navy, now open to the public
HDMS SehestedHolmenCopenhagenShipThe last fast attack boat in the Royal Danish Navy
HDMS SælenHolmenCopenhagenShipA decommissioned submarine of the Royal Danish Navy, now open to the public
Jægerspris CastleJægersprisFrederikssundHistoric houseMuseum in Baroque manor house and former royal residence associated with King Frederick VII and Countess Danner, sculpture park
Karen Blixen MuseumRungstedHørsholmBiographical, historic houseFormer family home of author Karen Blixen, also exhibiting a collection of her paintings and drawings
KastrupgårdKastrupTårnbyArt, applied arts, historic sitePermanent and changing art exhibitions, a collection of artefacts from Kastrup Værk
Kronborg CastleHelsingørHelsingørHistoric siteHistoric interiors and artefacts as well as changing exhibitions
KroppedalTaastrupHøje-TaastrupAstronomy, archaeology, ethnologyNational museum of Danish astronomy, also has an archaeological unit, and an ethnological unit specializing in modern society
KunstforeningenCity CentreCopenhagenArtBased in a Rococo town house, changing exhibitions of Danish and International art, mainly contemporary but occasionally historical
Lightvessel Gedser RevNyhavnCopenhagen MunicipalityShipDefunct lightvessel, now opened to the public
Little MillChristianshavnCopenhagen MunicipalityHistoric houseOperated by National Museum, originally a windmill but transformed into a private home in 1917, intact, interiors
Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtGl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk
Fredensborg-HumlebækArtDenmark's most visited museum, large permanent and changing exhibitions and sculpture garden
Marienlyst CastleHelsingørHelsingør MunicipalityHistoric housePalacial residence which formerly served as a royal pavilion of Kronborg Castle
Medical MuseionCity CentreCopenhagenHistoryHistory of medicine
MunkeruphusDronningmølleGribskovArtA Colonial Revival-style former country house now playing host to changing exhibitions of art, crafrs, design and architecture
Museum of Hunting and ForestryHørsholmHørsholmHistoryHistory of hunting and forestry
Museum of MusicCity CentreCopenhagenCultural historyHistory of Music
National Museum of DenmarkCity CentreCopenhagenHistory, archeology, ethnologyNational collections of archeological finds and historic objects. Ethnological exhibits.
National Museum of PhotographyCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityPhotographyNational Danish collections of photographs, changing exhibitions
Natural History Museum of DenmarkCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityHistoryIncludes the Zoological Museum, Geological Museum, Botanical Museum and Central Library, and Botanical Gardens
North Atlantic HouseCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityArt, cultureCultural history of Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands
Ny Carlsberg GlyptotekCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityArtSignificant collections of classical antiquities, Danish and European 19th- and 20th-century art, French impressionism partecularly well represented
Nyboder Memorial RoomsCity CentreCopenhagen MunicipalityArtExhibition about everyday life in the Nyboder naval quarters from 1631 to the present day
Open Air MuseumKongens LyngbyLyngby-TaarbækHistoricA collection of more than a hundred rural buildings from around Denmark as well as reconstructed period gardens and old Danish breeds of farm animal
OrdrupgaardOrdrupGentofteArtLocated in a historic in a former country house with an extension by Zaha Hadid, exhibits a significant collection of Danish and French art from the 19th and early 20th century as well as changing exhibitions
Post & Tele MuseumCity CentreCopenhagenHistoryPostal and telecommunications history, stamps, letters, artefacts
Resistance MuseumCity CentreCopenhagenHistoryExhibition about the Danish resistance movement during World War II
Danish Revue MuseumFrederiksbergFrederiksbergCultural historyMuseum dedicated to Danish revue, based in a former country house from the late 19th century
Rosenborg MuseumCity CentreCopenhagenArt, antiquities, historic buildingA Renaissance castle built by King Christian IV, displays the Chronological Collections of the Danish Oldenburg monarchs, including the Danish Crown Regalia
Roskilde CathedralRoskildeRoskildeReligiousLutheran cathedral, exhibition about its history with artefacts, models and reconstructions
Round TowerCity CentreCopenhagenArt, historic siteA 17th-century observatory, changing art and other exhibitions in the attached Library Hall located above Trinity Church
Royal Danish Arsenal MuseumSlotsholmenCopenhagenMilitaryCollections of historic weapons and military artefacts
Royal Cast CollectionCity CentreCopenhagenArtLocated in an 18th-century former warehouse of the Danish West India Company, comprises more than 2,000 plaster casts of sculptures and reliefs from around the world
Royal Danish Naval MuseumChristianshavnCopenhagenMilitaryHistory and artefacts of the Royal Danish Navy
Royal Life Guards MuseumCity CentreCopenhagenArtLocated in Rosenborg Barracks, history and artefacts of the Royal Life Guards from 1658 to the present day
Royal Stables and Carriage MuseumSlotsholmenCopenhagenHistoryThe Danish royal family's stables and collection of carriages at Christiansborg Palace
Rudolph Tegner MuseumDronningmølleGribskovArtPurpose-built museum for works by sculptor Rudolph Tegner, located in an area of protected heatherlands
St. Ansgar's MuseumFrederiksstadenCopenhagenReligiousLocated in connection with St. Ansgar's, the Catholic cathedral in Copenhagen, sizable collection of artefacts linked with the church and the Catholic congregation, and Liturgic artefacts
Storm P MuseumFrederiksbergFrederiksbergBiographicalHistory of Danish cartoonist, writer, animator, illustrator, painter actor and humorist Robert Storm Petersen and collections of his works
Theatre Museum in the Court TheatreSlotsholmenCopenhagenTheatre MuseumThe museum seeks to document the history of professional theater through collections of pictures, letters, costumes, props and models of theater buildings and set designs.
Thorvaldsens MuseumSlotsholmenCopenhagenArt, biographicalPurpose-built museum dedicated to the works and collections which Bertel Thorvaldsen brought back from Rome
Tycho Brahe PlanetariumVesterbroCopenhagenPlanetariumExhibitions about astronomy, an IMAX theatre and a star projector
University Botanical GardenCity CentreCopenhagenNatural history27 glasshouses and more than 13,000 species of plants
V1 GalleryVesterbroCopenhagenArtContemporary art gallery
Viking Ship MuseumRoskildeRoskildeMaritime, historyDisplay of recovered remains of Viking ships
Worker's MuseumCity CentreCopenhagenHistoryHistory and artefacts relating to workers in Copenhagen
Æbelholt Abbey MuseumHillerødHillerødAntiquities, historic siteDisplays the remains of an Augustinian monastery
Øregård MuseumHellerupGentofteArt, history, historic houseLocated in a Neoclassical former country house, holds a collection of around 3,000 pictures from the Copenhagen and hosts changing art and historic exhibitions

Visitor numbers

Visit Denmark, the national Danish tourist organisation, publishes an annual Attractions List with visitor figures for the fifty most visited attractions in Denmark. According to that, visitor numbers in 2010 for the most visited museums in and around Copenhagen were:[2]

Note: The list from Visit Denmark does not include museum-like parks such as Copenhagen Botanical Garden or Assistens Cemetery.

See also


  1. "Museums in Copenhagen & Eastern Denmark". Inexhibit. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  2. "Attraktionslisten 2010" (PDF) (in Danish). Visit Denmark. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
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