The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) was opened in Copenhagen in 1892 and is the largest museum of the history of culture. It shows the history of Danish and foreign cultures. The museum includes exhibits from around the world, from Greenland to South America. The museum has the exhibits dating back 14 thousand years of the history of Denmark, from the epoch of Ice Age hunters, Vikings, to the works of art, created for the God’s sake in the medieval times, when the church played the essential role in the life of the Danish people.

Furthermore, in the National museum one can see the oldest coin in Denmark, weapons and jewels of the Iron Age, found in the settlements of the Early Stone Age (time of hunting and picking), wind musical instruments of the Bronze Age – lurs, Egyptian mummies and Greek marble statues aged 4 thousand years. In addition, the National museum keeps the biggest collection of items from ancient cultures of Greece and Italy, Middle East and Egypt in Denmark.

Address: Vestergade 10, Copenhagen
Web: National Museum
Open hours: every day of the week, except mondays from 10 am till 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Children's Museum closes every day at 16:30.
Admission: free of charge

The museum is in the Prince palace next to Frederiksholm canal in Copenhagen. The building once belonged to the crown prince who in 1746 took the throne named Frederik V. The extensive collection of arts, painting, ethnographic exhibits, weapons and antiquities was founded by Frederik III in about 1650. In 1807 the Royal commission was set up to conserve antiquities, and in 1819 in the mansard above the Trinity church the Museum of Northern Antiquities opened. In 1832 the collection was relocated to the bigger premises in Christiansborg. Soon after adopting new constitution in 1849, according to which royal collections were transferred to the state, it was decided to collect all of them in the Prince Palace.

The collections of the National Museum are incredibly rich and widely known. It is in the National Museum that you can see all the treasures (the Trundholm sun chariot, Egtved girl, Golden horns) and at the same time understand and be able to imagine the nature, culture of those people, who were behind these astonishing findings. The collections tell about people living in Denmark over 10 thousand years ago, and give and opportunity to compare the Danish culture with other cultures around the world.

In the museum there are several permanent exhibitions, including the "Ancient Denmark", "Denmark in the Middle Ages and Renaissance", "Danish History from 1660 to 2000", "Ancient Art", "People of the World", "Ethnographic Treasury" and "Children’s museum". Danish exhibits include the treasures of Viking tombs, well preserved bog findings, fascinating medieval church items and the largest collection of golden altars.

In addition to the core exhibition, the museum often hosts temporary exhibitions.

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

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Here you will find descriptions of the best museums of Copenhagen. So, if you get tired of walking around the city and want to cling to the roots of history or art, feel free to visit one of the addresses below.

1. Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum is the most exciting heritage of talented Mister Leroy Ripley, a famous caricaturist, traveler and collector. He travelled around the globe, visited its farthest places, and collected various strange and wonderful items, which are annually displayed to millions of people in the museum named after Ripley. Read more about Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum here.

Address: Rådhuspladsen 57, Copenhagen
Web: Ripley's museum
Openings hours: in summer every day from 10 to 22. The rest of the year from 10 to 18.
Entrance fee: adults - 85 DKK, children from 11 to 14 years - 68 DKK, 4 - 10 years - 43 DKK, up to 4 years free of charge.

A tip: You may buy a combined ticket to the Ripley's museums. If you buy a combined ticket to 2, 3 or 4 places at once: the house - Hans Christian Abdersen's Fairy-Tale House, Guinness World of Records Museum, Mysterious Eksperementarium and Ripley's "Believe it or not believe it!" museum. If you get a ticket covering all the places,  the visit to the 4th museum will be free for you.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

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2. Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House (H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset). The exposition starts with a gallery, devoted to the period of the life of the great fairy-tale teller – Visitors hear the sounds of the city and the pictures of city life. Then, using three-dimensional animation, you will be able to immerse into the imaginary world of his fairy-tales, where Andersen’s best-known characters become alive. Read more about Andersen’s World of Wonders museum here.

Address: Rådhuspladsen 57, Copenhagen
Web: H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset
Openings hours: every day from Sun - Thu. from 10 to 18, Fri. - Sat. from 10 to 22.
Entrance fee: adults - 85 DKK, children from 11 to 14 years - 68 DKK, 4 - 10 years - 43 DKK, up to 4 years free of charge.

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House

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3. Guinness world of records Museum is another exposition, created thanks to the world-renowned caricaturist, collector of wonders and strange items and just a very eccentric person called Leroy Ripley. Here on the area of 1000 square meters you can see the most ridiculous, great, and incredible human achievements and records from various fields of life, including sport, gardening, art and science. Read more about Guinness World Records museum here.

Address: Ostergade 16, Copenhagen
Web: Guinness museum
Openings hours: every day from Sun - Thu. from 10 to 18, Fri. - Sat. from 10 to 22.
Entrance fee: adults - 85 DKK, children 11 to 14 years - 68 DKK, 4 - 10 years - 43 DKK, up to 4 free of charge.
Interesting fact: Guinness world of records museum in Copenhagen is the only one museum of that kind in the whole Europe.

Музей Гинесса

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4. The National Museum (Nationalmuseet) is the largest culture history museum in Denmark. It shows the history of Danish and foreign cultures in the following areas: archaeology, ethnology, numismatics, ethnography, natural sciences, communications, construction, and antiquity. The museum organizes thematic exhibitions several times a year. Read more about the National museum here.

Address: Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen 
Web: Nationalmuseet
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 10 to 17. 
Entrance fee: free of charge for everyone.
Interesting fact: The National Museum has a very good permanent exhibition for children.
 

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5. The Museum of Copenhagen (Københavns museum) is a place where any person can see the past, present and future of Copenhagen. It regularly hosts different exhibitions and installations, related to the most urgent issues of the Northern capital. The museum tries to present Copenhagen as a modern megalopolis with its cultural heritage. Read more about the museum of Copenhagen here.

The exhibitons at Vesterbrogade 59 close on 9th of October 2015. Museum of Copenhagen moves from Vesterbrogade to Stormgade in a couple of years. The new address offers a new and central location, more visibility and easier access. The museum in Vesterbro has delighted visitors for many years but it has become increasingly difficult to create contemporary exhibitions in the listed buildings. The new location close to other museums and cultural institutions will bring about new opportunities for co-creation and cooperation. The move is financed by the City of Copenhagen. 

Address: since May 2018 Stormgade 18, Copenhagen (close to the City Hall) 
Web: Københavns museum
Openings hours: closed and will move to a new address in May 2018. 

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6. The Military Museum Arsenal (Tøjhusmuseet) is the place where any volunteer can learn about the military history and see the Danish weapons of the past and present. This is the place housing a huge collection of hand and shoulder arms and some hundreds of cannons of various designs. Do not forget to visit the exhibition of military vehicles and the collection of military uniforms from different countries and epochs. Read more about the Military museum Arsenal here.

Address: Tøjhusgade 3, Copenhagen 
Web: Tøjhusmuseet
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 12 to 16. 
Entrance fee: adults 60 DKK, children up to 17 years free of charge.
A tip: on Wendsdays entrance is free for everybody.

Important: A part of the museum is closed. The first floor of Tøjhusmuseet will be closed from February 22nd to May 15th due to the relocation of the exhibitions from Royal Danish Naval Museum (Orlogsmuseet). Hence, the exhibitions Wars of Denmark and The Collections will not be accessible during this time.

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7. The Amber Museum provides an opportunity to see one of the largest collections of amber in the world. The museum has a shop selling all kinds of amber products. 

Address: Kongens Nytorv 2, Copenhagen 
Web: Amber museum
Openings hours: every day of the week from 10 to 17:30. 
Entrance fee: adults 25 DKK, children up to 12 years 10 DKK.

Amber museum

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8. Thorvaldsens Museum of sculpture. Sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsens lived from 1770 to 1844. The museum owns many of his works, which he managed to create in his life. 

Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen 
Web: Thorvaldsens museum
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 10 to 17. 
Entrance fee: adults 40 DKK, children up to 18 years free of charge.
A tip: on Wendsdays entrance is free for everybody.

Thorvaldsens Museum of sculpture

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9. In the Royal Danish Naval Museum (Orlogsmuseet) you can learn about the history of the Danish fleet and follow the development of the Danish ship building since 17th century up to present.

Address: Overgaden Oven Vandet 58, Copenhagen 
Web: Orlogsmuseet
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 12 to 16. 
Entrance fee: free of charge for everyone.

Important: the museum is closed from 1st January 2016. In 1989 The Royal Danish Naval Museum came aboard the old naval hospital ‘Søkvæsthuset’, but from the 1st of January 2016 the museum will close and move to The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum. It will reopen in august 2016.

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10. The Design Museum (Designmuseum) is the place that will be appealing to all people fond on Danish and international design. Here you can find the works by such designers as Arne Jacobsen, Jacob Jensen and Kaare Klint, who took an active part in converting the old hospital building (1757) into the present Design Museum.

Address: Bredgade 68, Copenhagen 
Web: Designmuseum
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 11 to 17. 
Entrance fee: 75 DKK for everyone who is older than 25 years.

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11. Today the old brewery of Carlsberg is a museum to be walked individually: to look into cellars with intact bottles, see the pre-war labels, define the most pleasant beer flavour and the most suitable variety of beer in the designer-created aroma - room. A tour around the old brewery finishes in a restaurant, where you will have an opportunity to taste 2 different varieties of beer absolutely free of charge as it is already included into the ticket.

Address: Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, Copenhagen
Web: Visit Carlsberg
Openings hours: every day, except monday from 10 to 17.
Entrance fee: adults - 80 DKK, children from 5 to 18 years 60 DKK, up to 5 years free of charge.
A tip: try Jacobsen beer in the restaurant, 90% of this beer stays in Denmark. For children 2 bottles of lemonade are included into the price of their ticket.

Old Carlsberg brewery

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For most travellers Denmark is associated with fairy-tales by H.C. Andersen. Because of that, children are often taken on a trip to Denmark. This section is devoted to the family tours in Copenhagen. Until now, this subject has not been given much attention, and it's time to fix it.

How to spend two wonderful days in Copenhagen?

In Copenhagen there are plenty of places, where children can spend their time merrily and usefully. The most available are those  attractions, which are situated in the city. Below you can find the list of the places interesting primarily for children as well as for adults. 

1. Tivoli amusement park and Aquarium are a real paradise for children. It is a must-go place if you are in Copenhagen with your child. Here is such a variety of attractions and playgrounds that children’s happiness will be endless. On the ground floor of the recently renovated concert hall there is the Aquarium where you can find yourself face to face to sharks and rays. Read more about Tivoli Gardens and Aquarium here

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2. Zoo (Zoologisk Have) with over 2000 different animals. A mini zoo has been organized for small visitors. There they can closely contact each animal, pat and even feed it with grass. Here you can find domestic animals, too. Read more about Zoo here.

City's ZOO

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3. Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum is the most exciting heritage of talented Mister Leroy Ripley, a famous caricaturist, traveler and collector. He travelled around the globe, visited its farthest places, and collected various strange and wonderful items, which are annually displayed to millions of people in the museum named after Ripley. Read more about Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum here.

Ripley's Believe It or Not museum

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4. Andersen’s World of Wonders museum (H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset). The exhibition starts with the gallery, devoted to the period of life of the famous fairy-tale author – Denmark in 1800. Visitors are welcomed with the sounds of the city and the pictures of city life. Then, using three-dimensional animation, you will be able to immerse into the imaginary world of his fairy-tales, where Andersen’s best-known characters become alive. Read more about Andersen’s World of Wonders museum here.

Музей Мир чудес Ганса Христиана Андерсена

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5. Guinness World Records Museum is another exposition, created thanks to the world-renowned caricaturist, collector of wonders and strange items and just a very eccentric person called Leroy Ripley. Here on the area of 1000 square meters you can see the most ridiculous, great, and incredible human achievements and records from various fields of life, including sport, gardening, art and science. Read more about Guinness World Records museum here.

Музей мировых рекордов Гиннеса

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6. Tycho Brahe Planetarium is a marvelous architecture of cylindrical building with a skewed top that can be seen from afar. It was built in 1988 by Danish architect Knud Munk for placing here an advanced technology planetarium. Read more about Tycho Brahe Planetarium here.

Планетарий Тихо Браге

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7. Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) where all the exhibits are shown on the child’s eye level. The Danish National Gallery is located in the beautiful Østre Anlæg in the centre of Copenhagen. This is the main museum of fine art in Denmark. Read more about Danish National Gallery here.

Датская национальная галерея

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8. Carlsberg glyptotheca (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek) is a museum of fine art, located in Copenhagen near Tivoli amusement park. It was established in the 19th century by the son of the Carlsberg brewery founder Carl Jacobsen. The glyptotheca exhibits the works of art from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and includes a wide range of works of the Golden Age of the Danish painting. Read more about Carlsberg glyptotheca here.

Глиптотека Карлсберг

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9. National Museum (Nationalmuseet) is the largest museum of the history of culture in Danmark. Here you can find the history of danish and foreign cultures in the areas of archeology, ethnology, numismatics, ethnography, science, communications, construction and antiques. Several times a year the museum arranges various exhibitions. Read more about National Museum here.

Национальный музей

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10. Military museum – Arsenal (Tøjhusmuseet) is the place where any volunteer can learn about the military history and see the Danish weapons of the past and present. This is the place housing a huge collection of hand and shoulder arms and some hundreds of cannons of various designs. Do not forget to visit the exhibition of military vehicles and the collection of military uniforms from different countries and epochs. Read more about Military museum Arsenal here.

Военный музей

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11. Amalienborg (Amalienborg slot) is the official winter residence of Danish monarchs. It was built within a short period of time (1749-1755) and was designed by N. Eigtved (1701-1754) in rococo style. Four identical palaces are located opposite each other on an octagonal ground. The equestrian monument to Frederick V is in the center. Every noon the change of guards can be watched in Amalienborg. Read more about Amalienborg here.

Амалиенборг

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12. Marble church (Marmorkirken) or Frederick’s Church is a Lutheran church, one of the main sights of Copenhagen. The green dome of this church is seen from nearly any place of the city. This is probably the most magnificent church of the Danish capital. Read more about Marble church here.

Мраморная церковь

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13. The Round Tower (Rundetårn) is one of the most extraordinary buildings of Copenhagen, erected in the city in the first half of the 17th century. There are no real stairs inside the tower, but a spiral rampant, which twists around the tower 7.5 times and leads to the viewpoint, giving a spectacular view on the pedestrian zone from the height of 32 meters. Read more about The Round Tower here.

Круглая башня

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14. Rosenborg castle (Rosenborg slot) is the only castle of Christian IV times that has been preserved with no changes from the time of its construction in 1633. It exhibits a rich collection of weapons, furniture, jewellery and precious stones of the Danish royal family from the end of the 16th century till the 19th century, as well as a collection of royal porcelain and silver. Read more about Rosenborg castle here.

Дворец Розенборг

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