Copenhagen & eastern Denmark

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Copenhagen is a city that loves culture and modernity, and which truly expresses this attitude through its museums, cultural venues, exhibitions, and creative events.

Located on the east coast of the Zealand island, only few kilometers separate the capital city of Denmark from the Swedish coastline and the city of Malmö on the other side of the Øresund strait. And maybe it’s because of its being a city keen on relationships with other people, that Copenhagen is so tolerant and open to foreign cultures and to innovation. A positive attitude we can see also in all those museums and events – in the city, in its region (Region Hovedstaden, known in English-speaking countries as the Capital Region of Denmark), and across the whole eastern Denmark – which celebrate the encounter between Danish and international arts, the union of architecture and nature, and the curiosity for different civilizations.

Our suggestion: if you have time, take a car or use the efficient Danish public transport network and travel few miles out of Copenhagen’s center to visit some of the beautiful museums in the city’s outskirts, many of which, additionally, are among the best examples of contemporary architecture in Europe.

museums in Copenhagen & eastern Denmark

Arken Museum

Arken Museum

Ishøj - Skovvej 100
closed on: Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day
The Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst is a modern and contemporary art museum located in Ishøj, 20 kilometres south of Copenhagen.
DAC – Danish Architecture Center

DAC – Danish Architecture Center

Copenhagen - Strandgade 27B
closed on: Open every day, except during Christmas and New Year holidays
DAC Danish Architecture Center - Dansk Arkitektur Center in Copenhagen is the main institution in Denmark exclusively focused on architecture & urban design
Danish Jewish Museum

Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen - Proviantpassagen 6
closed on: Mondays
The Danish Jewish Museum (Dansk Jødisk Museum) is a museum in Copenhagen, designed by Daniel Libeskind, dedicated to 400 years of Denmark's Jews history
Den Blå Planet – The Blue Planet – National Aquarium of Denmark

Den Blå Planet – The Blue Planet – National Aquarium of Denmark

Kastrup - Jacob Fortlingsvej 1
closed on: open every day
Den Blå Planet (the Blue Planet) in Kastrup, near Copenhagen, is the National Aquarium of Denmark and one of the largest structures of its kind in Europe
Designmuseum Danmark

Designmuseum Danmark

Copenhagen - Bredgade 68
closed on: Mondays, 1 January, 24, 25, 26 and 31 December
Opened in 1895, the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is the most important Danish museum exclusively dedicated to industrial design and applied arts
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Copenhagen - Nyhavn 2
closed on: Mondays
The Kunsthal Charlottenborg is a contemporary art gallery housed in the Charlottenborg palace in Copenhagen together with the Royal Danish Academy of Arts
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Humlebæk - Gl. Strandvej 13
closed on: Mondays
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a Danish museum in Humlebæk, 25 miles north of Copenhagen, world-famous for both its collection and its sculpture park
M/S Museet for Søfart | Helsingør

M/S Museet for Søfart | Helsingør

Helsingør - Ny Kronborgvej, 1
closed on: Monday
The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark in Elsinore is a fascinating museum dedicated to the maritime history of the country housed in an iconic modern building
National Gallery of Denmark – Statens Museum for Kunst

National Gallery of Denmark – Statens Museum for Kunst

Copenhagen - Sølvgade 48-50
closed on: Mondays
The National Gallery of Denmark (Danish: Statens Museum for Kunst) in Copenhagen is Denmark's largest art museum with a collection of over 260,000 works
Nikolaj Kunsthal – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center

Nikolaj Kunsthal – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center

Copenhagen - Nikolaj Plads 10
closed on: Mondays
The Nikolaj Kunsthal - Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center is a cultural center housed in the former Church of St. Nicholas in central Copenhagen, Denmark
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Copenhagen - Dantes Plads 7
closed on: Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum in Copenhagen with a collection of over 10,000 works, especially of ancient civilizations and 19th century art
Ordrupgaard museum

Ordrupgaard museum

Charlottenlund - Vilvordevej 110
closed on: Monday
The Ordrupgaard is a renowned modern art museum located in Chartottenlund, few kilometres north of Copenhagen, housed in a building designed by Zaha Hadid
Ragnarock museum – Roskilde

Ragnarock museum – Roskilde

Roskilde - Rabalderstræde 16, Musicon
closed on: Mondays
The Ragnarock museet for pop, rock & ungdomskultur is a Danish museum dedicated to "pop, rock and youth culture" located in Roskilde, a town near Copenhagen
The Black Diamond – Den Sorte Diamant

The Black Diamond – Den Sorte Diamant

Copenhagen - Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
closed on: Sundays and major holidays
The Black Diamond is a cultural center in Copenhagen, home of the Royal Library of Denmark and of three museums including the National Museum of Photography

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All the Danish chairs at the Designmuseum Danmark

All the Danish chairs at the Designmuseum Danmark

Chairs by Panton, Jacobsen, Wegner, Saarinen, & Aalto narrate the fascinating history of modern Danish and Scandinavian design at the Designmuseum Danmark

Rem Koolhaas – OMA | BLOX – Copenhagen

Rem Koolhaas – OMA | BLOX – Copenhagen

BLOX is a new mixed-use building designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA in the Copenhagen harbor. Set to open in 2018, it will also accommodate the new home of DAC

Ragnarock Roskilde – the golden museum of rock by MVRDV and COBE

Ragnarock Roskilde – the golden museum of rock by MVRDV and COBE

On April 29, 2016, the Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik inaugurated the new Ragnarock museum in Roskilde, designed by MVRDV and COBE architects

The Villum Window Collection by Rosan Bosch

The Villum Window Collection by Rosan Bosch

In january 2016, Rosan Bosch Studio’s project Villum Window Collection has been chosen as the winner of the Danish Lighting Award | 2015.

Aahrus | The museum under the lawn

Aahrus | The museum under the lawn

The impressive architecture conceived by Henning Larsen for the Moesgaard Museum in Denmark is hard to confuse with any other.

The architecture of the Blue Planet Aquarium by 3XN

The architecture of the Blue Planet Aquarium by 3XN

The architecture of The Blue Planet, the National Aquarium of Denmark. designed by 3XN architects as an aluminum-clad spiral remembering a huge whirlpool

Helsingør | Danish Maritime Museum

Helsingør | Danish Maritime Museum

The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark in Elsinore by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group narrates the history of shipping through a diverse set of exhibits and suggestions

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Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio. Exhibition at the Louisiana Museum

Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio. Exhibition at the Louisiana Museum

Wang Shu-Amateur Architecture Studio is the 1st of a series of monographic exhibitions entitled “The Architect’s Studio”organized by the Louisiana Museum

Louisiana museum presents “Louise Bourgeois Structures of Existence”

Louisiana museum presents “Louise Bourgeois Structures of Existence”

Until February, 26, 2017 the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art hosts the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois Structures of Existence: The Cells”.

Denmark | The Art Playground of the Ordrupgaard museum

Denmark | The Art Playground of the Ordrupgaard museum

Art installations to play with or envisage different worlds. The Ordrupgaard museum has commissioned works to be installed in the museum's playground

Into Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity at the Louisiana

Into Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity at the Louisiana

In Infinity is the title of a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to Yayoi Kusama, until January 2016 at the Louisiana Museum of modern art in Denmark

MINDCRAFT15 | Danish design on exhibition

MINDCRAFT15 | Danish design on exhibition

Until late January 2016 the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen presents the exhibition MINDCRAFT15, showcasing works by Danish designers and artisans

Denmark | Architecture, culture and  identity of Africa at the Louisiana

Denmark | Architecture, culture and identity of Africa at the Louisiana

From 25 June to 25 October 2015 the Louisiana museum of modern art in Humlebæk, Denmark, features the exhibition AFRICA – Architecture, Culture and Identity

Denmark | Snøhetta extension project for the Ordrupgaard museum

Denmark | Snøhetta extension project for the Ordrupgaard museum

From 22 May "Himmelhaven”, the project by Snøhetta for the expansion of the Ordrupgaard museum, is publicly exhibited at the museum's home near Copenhagen

Denmark | Jeff Wall exhibition at the Louisiana Museum

Denmark | Jeff Wall exhibition at the Louisiana Museum

From 12 March, 2015, the Louisiana museum in Humlebæk presents the exhibition: Jeff Wall Tableaux Pictures Photographs – Works from 1996-2013

Denmark | Richard Mosse at the Louisiana

Denmark | Richard Mosse at the Louisiana

From February 5, 2015 the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark features the impressive work by Irish artist Richard Mosse

White Shining Objects by Shjworks

White Shining Objects by Shjworks

" White Shining Objects" is an urban project with light installations designed by Shjworks for the suburb of Husum just outside Copenhagen in Denmark

Denmark | Olafur Eliasson at the Louisiana

Denmark | Olafur Eliasson at the Louisiana

If you combine the work of Olafur Eliasson and the Louisiana museum the outcome can hardly be wrong. Riverbed installation-exhibition in Humlebæk, Denmark

The Velvet State Pavilion in Roskilde

The Velvet State Pavilion in Roskilde

The Velvet State is a temporary pavilion made in plywood realized by Hjermind Jensen / SHJWORKS Architectural team for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark

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