Copenhagen Museums & Libraries (N-Z)
ABOVE: The Rundetårn, or Round
Tower, was built in 1642 as an astromical observatory. The viewing platform and
115 feet (35 m) above Copenhagen's university quarter.
<< Museums and Libraries:
The Nationalmuseet consists of four parts: the main National
Museum in central Copenhagen, the delightful Open-Air
Museum or Frilandsmuseet
in Lyngby, Brede Works (a former cloth mill), and the Museum of Danish
Resistance, 1940-1945. Click the Union Jack icon for English text.
"Get to know Danish communication history from King Christian IV's public postal services to computer-based telecommunications."
Ripley's Believe or Not
Copenhagen joins the more than two dozen cities around the world with museums
that celebrate things "so extraordinary, so shocking, you’ll wonder how they could possibly be true."
(The museum's Web site also promotes three other commercial attractions in
Copenhagen: Guinness World Records, The Mystic Exploratorie, and Hans Christian
Andersen's Wonderful World.)
Climb the spiral ramp to the top for a great view. The tower still houses
Europe's oldest functioning observatory, where visitors can look through an
antique telescope during the winter months. (Note: This site will
open in a new browser window.)
Danish Naval Museum
The Orlogsmuseet has some 400 ship models that illustrate the development
of shipbuilding and naval warfare over three centuries. The museum is housed in
a former naval hospital.
The Royal Library
Even if you aren't up to the rigors of research, Det Kongelige Bibliotek
is worth visiting for its exhibitions.
This isn't your granddad's planetarium. In addition to star shows, it has
Omnimax movies and laser shows in the dome-shaped auditorium. (Narration is in
Danish, but you can rent headphones to hear an English translation.)
The University of Copenhagen operates this museum, whose collection
includes 40,000 preserved mammals and 3 million pinned insects.
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