The best museums to visit to better understand the Danes

The best museums to visit to better understand the Danes

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Passionate locals across the country want to share their extensive knowledge of Danish history and culture in the many museums. Here are 18 of Denmark's best museums.

Denmark has a rich history. So rich, in fact, that most Danes can't even tell half of it. But luckily we have many passionate locals across the country who are keen to share their extensive knowledge of Danish history and culture through our many museums. Here are 18 of Denmark's best museums

National Museum

Don't know where to start on your journey through Danish history? Then we suggest you go to our National Museum. Here you can get a general idea of ​​different eras of our history, or you can immerse yourself in a specific period of time. Stone Age, Viking Age, Middle Ages, Renaissance or Modern Age - this museum has it all.


In the center of our second city, Aarhus, you will find one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, ARoS, and one of our absolute favorites. Because this museum has figured out how to make the drabest of days colorful by simply installing a giant circular rainbow track on top of the building.

HC Andersens Hus

People tend to say that walking through our little kingdom is like walking through a fairy tale. This comparison may be associated with a certain Danish writer-storyteller, whose stories are known all over the world. Hans Christian Andersen gave us such fairy tales as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen. And you can meet our most famous writer and his world at HC Andersens Hus in Odense.


Hidden beneath the dunes on the rugged North Sea coast, you may be able to discover the hidden Tirpitz bunker museum, telling the story of the Atlantic Wall during World War II. But you'll also get a glimpse into the history of the entire region, and learn about our relationships and dependence on the wild North Sea.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

As Denmark's first modern art museum, Louisiana is where we Danes learned to appreciate modern art. Today the museum is a leading international art museum and its exhibitions are highly acclaimed by critics. Add to this that it is in one of the best locations in the world (in our humble opinion) and you can enjoy incredible views of Øresund.

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

We are a proud small island nation with a long maritime history. Wherever we are in Denmark, we are never more than 53 km from the sea, which has made us dependent on the sea throughout our history. At the Maritime Museum in Helsingør we will tell you about our Viking sea raids, sing some sea chants and teach you how to navigate and trade as it was in 1749.

SMK - National Gallery of Denmark

In our SMK National Gallery you can see how we Danes have depicted our daily lives over the past seven centuries. SMK is particularly renowned for its extensive collections of Danish Golden Age paintings and contemporary art.


You can tell a lot about a country by studying its songs and musical heritage. And if you're a music lover like us, we'd love to show you and play some of the most iconic and influential Danish songs at the Ragnarock Museum of Pop, Rock and Youth Culture. You might even know some of them. The museum is located in the city of Roskilde, which also hosts the largest music festival in Northern Europe.

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is one of the most famous castles in Denmark, and for good reason: it is located on three islands , surrounded by a lake and beautiful gardens, is simply breathtaking. Home to the National History Museum, the area is full of rich history, architecture and gardens.

Danish Design Museum

Some say you shouldn't date your icons. But when it comes to Danish design icons, you can't do without them. Because we have a huge passion for design, and after visiting the Design Museum in Copenhagen you will hopefully understand why.

Old Town Museum

If you want to know how our lives have changed and developed over the past centuries, you can walk through our history at the Old Town Museum in Aarhus.

Skagen Museum

At the very top of Denmark's wild north lies one of our favorite resort towns, Skagen. The 700-year-old fishing village became an artful retreat in the late 1800s, when some of Denmark's most famous artists flocked to the town to try to capture the area's unique light. Iconic works of art by Skagen artists can be seen at the Skagen Museum.

Visit Carlsberg

We Danes love beer. And we'd like to share our passion for beer with you. This could happen over a pint at the bar, at a beer tasting at a local brewery, or you could head to the old Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen where you can learn all about our proud history of producing high quality beer and Carlsberg, the world famous brewery. The most famous brewing company. Probably.

Viking Ship Museum

Our little part of the world is known throughout the world as the home of the Vikings. And this era in our history has left an indelible mark on us Danes to this day. (For example, we call Christmas "Jul" in Danish, which goes back to our Viking ancestors). In the old Viking town of Roskilde you can learn how to set sails and build ships just like they did.

Mosgaard Museum

If you want to know who we were before we became Danes, we suggest you head to the Mesgaard Museum in Aarhus, where you can find out what happened many years ago in prehistoric Denmark. (P.S. We love that you're so interested in our story that we'll give it back!)

Open-air museum

You can travel the length and breadth of Denmark in just one day at the Open Air Museum north of Copenhagen. Here you'll find 50 restored farms, mills and houses that we Danes lived in between the 1600s and 1900s, and you'll meet passionate re-enactors who will show you how we used to spend our lives.

Danish Architecture Center

Our skylines tell as good a story as our museums. And where better to learn about how these buildings were built and why, if not at the Danish Architecture Center? This Copenhagen museum is filled with stories about people and places, including sections on everyone from Jörn Utzon, Wilhelm Lauritzen and Arne Jacobsen to modern architects such as Bjarke Ingels.

Source: visitdenmark

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