Copenhagen Museums and Libraries
ABOVE: Frilandsmuseet, a.k.a. the Open-Air
Museum, recreates life in Denmark from 1650 to 1950.
Museums and Libraries
- Note: Where possible, we've linked to the
English-language versions of the museums' Web sites. URLs sometimes change
without notice, so if a link doesn't work, try backing up to the home page's
address (e.g., if the non-working URL is "www.museum.dk/en/listings.htm," delete
everything in the address bar except "www.museum.dk.")
The Arnamagnæan Institute
Scholars are the main audience for this collection of historic manuscripts from
Scandinavia and Continental Europe. The institute also has a 12,000-volume
Botanical Garden &
A Royal Decree led to the establishment of Copenhagen's botanical garden
and museum more than 400 years ago. Some of the collections date back to the 1700s, when Danish
botanists roamed the Earth in search of unusual specimens.
Museum of Copenhagen
Eight centuries of Copenhagen history are illustrated via models and other
exhibits that show everything from building models to a cross-section of modern
underground Copenhagen and an archaelogical excavation.
Design Museum Denmark
Royal Copenhagen porcelain, Danish furniture and industrial design, glass,
textiles, and East Asian art among the items on display here.
Old Denmark -
The Frilandsmuseet, which occupies 86 acres or 35 hectares in Copenhagen's
suburbs, has more than 50 farms, mills, and houses from all over Denmark, the
Faroe Islands, and former Danish provinces in Sweden and Germany. It's one of
the world's largest "living history" museums, and it appeals to visitors of all
See minerals, rocks, fossils, meteorites, exhibits related to geological
processes, and antique scientific instruments at the University of Copenhagen.
This museum of astronomy, modern history, and archaelogy is located outside the
city, but you can get there by S-train and bus.
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.
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.)
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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