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“Fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thorvaldsens Museum

Thorvaldsens Museum
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen, Denmark (Indre By)
+4533321532
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Ranked #28 of 310 things to do in Copenhagen
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: See sculptures created by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, whose work can be found across Europe. Long corridors allow for natural light and echo the creative ambiance. The Museum opened on September 18, 1848. It is Denmark’s oldest and also most extraordinary museum building. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Malmo, Sweden
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you think it is another museum with some random but beautiful statues you are extremely wrong. Hook on to the audio guide headphones and read the small information card available in each room... you will be all together in a different world. You will realize how much of thought and efforts may have gone behind the what you see ultimately. Hats off to Thorvaldsens... no wonder he was the most sought after by royal families all over Europe during his stay in Rome for 40 years!

Visited September 2012
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Nahariya, Israel
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“Quaint museum in the center of town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This was my seventh or eighth visit to Copenagen, but first to this museum- hadn't even heard of it previously. Thorvaldsen was a local hero as artists go, in the first half of the 19th century. Hevworked in Italy, received commissions from the rich and famous, including Napoleon (concerning whom there is an entire exhibit), and returned to Denmark with a gift of the museum and its contents. Exterior murals document his triumphant return. Works in the museum range from marble busts to massive classic statuary of religious and classic themes. And in the center of the museum, reminding me of Tegner museum in the north, the artist lies buried. There are some activities for kids.

Visited September 2012
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“What a sculptor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This museum is an amazing collection of Thorvaldsen's work. Wed is free and there's an audio (in numerous languages) available as well. Can't remember when I last enjoyed a sculptor museum so much.

Visited September 2012
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Genoa, Italy
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“Sculpture Galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Sculpture isn’t my preference in art museums, but I was intrigued with the many positive reviews on TA, and I currently live in Italy; Thorvaldsen lived in Rome , and his sculpture is everywhere!... so it seemed like a logical place to visit. Bertel Thorvaldsen is by many accounts is one of the most famous sculptures in Europe and I can certainly see why; his work was amazing and I loved this museum! The museum is laid out chronologically with the most important works on the main floor, one beautifully painted room with lovely sculpture, after another.

What really made it special for me was the audio guide; a wealth of interesting information (occasionally long winded) about several main pieces of sculpture and Thorvaldsen. Don’t miss his own sculpture of himself; the audio guide is enlightening! I would definitely recommend using it and it’s free.

The Upper floor contains his paintingcollection and I was surprised by his room of Egyptian antiquities, coins, Greek pottery, gems and cameos, Roman artifacts and even a painting by Jan Bruegel! There is something for everyone! The basement shows off his Cast Collection and currently there is a special section devoted to Napoléon.

I spent just under 2 hours there and would have enjoyed staying longer, using the audio guide. For less explanation, most rooms on the ground floor contain a card in Danish and English with brief explanations about each piece of sculpture. The upper floors have general summaries of the contents of each room. Cost 40 Dkk (about $6.88) Photos with flash are allowed throughout the museum, except when taking pictures of paintings, then no flash. Overall, time well spent and very enjoyable!

Visited September 2012
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“mausoleum art”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

A rather spooky building purpose built to house this celebrated 19th century sculptors huge collection of the worlds notable figures from Byron to Napoleon .. all built around his tomb in the middle ! Rather sombre but worth a quick visit on a free-of-charge Wednesday . Most beautiful parts are the Pompein frescoed ceilings but its all rather funereal

Visited August 2012
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