The National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The entire history of Denmark comes to life at the National Museum of Denmark. See the testimonies of the greatest triumphs and tragedies in history, both within Denmark and the rest of the World. The National Museum of Denmark showcases and documents the World's intangible cultural heritage; The Vikings who conquered the seas and went on expeditions to remote corners of the globe. Danish explorers with a sense of adventure and burning curiosity about the unknown. The history of Denmark and some of the costliest treasures await you right in the heart of Copenhagen.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
How to get there
  • København Hovedbanegård Station • 9 min walk
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  • David D
    1,212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum, with in-depth insights into the history of Denmark and exhibits on other parts of the world as well
    The museum has very fine exhibits on the historical periods of Denmark. Some highlights include the Gundestrup Cauldron and the Trundholm Sun Chariot. There are artefacts from other cultures as well as Danish and the museum is well-laid out and well-documented. The staff are kind, knowledgeable and helpful.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • melodee
    Gig Harbor, Washington40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and well worth the time
    We loved this museum! Such an interesting and quality collection of artifacts. I’ve been to many museums around the world and there were artifacts here that I have never seen before. We learned a lot! We ran out of time, but thoroughly enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours we spent here. The museum is quite interesting for children as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • AbClare
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum - very child friendly
    Great range of exhibits. Loved the Egyptian and Viking exhibitions, very fascinating. The museum was also really child friendly with a lovely area for small people to play and explore. Great place for a rainy day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • NicanorRosario
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic1,218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the must-see when visiting Copenhagen
    Amazing experience! One of those museums that you need a whole day to properly look at. It covers all the way from the prehistoric age of this land until the modern times Especially cool is the fact that Vikings are mentioned. It's funny how you usually imagine them as characters from series, movies, and such but they were indeed real and an integral part of Danish history Overall a must-see when you visit Copenhagen
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 24, 2023
  • slongorb
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intelligent exhibitions and ease of access!
    The museum was designed in a way which made it easy for visitors to follow a clear path and immerse themselves in the exhibitions. The bathrooms were very clean and of easy accessibility. Our overall experience there was very pleasant and interesting! PS.: The new 'vikings' exhibition was fantastic! We highly recommend it to anyone who whises to have some fun and explore the region's past.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Nat
    Mexico City, Mexico853 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    The Viking exhibition is definitely the highlight of the museum. It’s not too big but it’s very complete and well presented. The rest of the museum is not as interesting, having some international and generic themes in often confusing and long exhibitions. Still, I recommend it overall. If you’re in a hurry (like I was), I would suggest to watch only the Viking exhibition and the one focused on the history of Denmark (top floor).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • RetreatJunkieNA
    Raleigh, North Carolina30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Danish History sections excellent, special Raid exhibit was a bit - much
    I absolutely loved the exhibits about Danish pre-history. Fascinating details and the artifacts were compelling. I never realized ancient Danish history was so rich - it was every bit as fascinating as Egyptian history and archaeology, but I at least never learned about it in school. However, the special exhibit about the Viking raids was kind of annoying. It was something I could have just watched on YouTube; it took far too long and I felt like I didn't learn much. It was very professionally done and presented but I did not particularly like it. The restaurant in the museum is outstanding; would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kristen T
    Stuttgart, Germany773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much history!
    My husband and I were in Copenhagen for a short period of time and had this museum on the list of possibilities. We had a bike/food tour lined up, but due to the weather we changed our plans and visited the museum instead. We started off with a visit to the restaurant (very delicious) and then proceeded to visit the many exhibits. The museum is very comprehensive and informative. It can be a lot to tackle in one day, especially if you want to read everything. There is a lot of variety and a lot of interesting history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Colin A
    Peak District, United Kingdom307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tried to give this 6 out of 5!!!
    Great museum visit - one of the best we’ve done in fact. Not surprisingly it’s very Dane / Scandinavian orientated but one entire wing is given of to people of the world as well. It’s topped off by a Viking display including The Raid which is a series of clever films depicting the life and key raid of Bjorn Ironside. What was more unexpected was the restaurant where the food was truly restaurant standard… and the service was equally high!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to learn about Denmark
    At this museum, there iis no such thing as a quick visit. You need at least two days to see most of it. From prehistoric times including the vikings history to recent occurrences are registered there and it continues to grow. There is also a section foe the children. All you need to know about Denmark is the. The staff is helpful and friendly and the entire visit was fascinating.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
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Benjamin L
Kastrup, Denmark673 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Pay, not great info...
It's a national museum right.
Well there are also more exiting things at time.
But when I am asked to pay at a national museum that's known as free entry (we pay through our taxes) then I expect an extra. I'm sure it's there too... But if I don't know what it is and there is little to no info, then it doesn't matter.
Written March 17, 2020
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Poisonwells
Johannesburg, South Africa183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lots to see and a well laid out game plan in the museum with which to do it. We saw lots of children interacting with their parents and grand parents with the exhibits so children and this museum are not mutually exclusive. You could spend far more time here than we did, as is true too with the David collection, although that's not really one for the kids. I'd make this the first port of call, then go to Nyhaven and take the one hour boat ride for an overview and then hit the town.
Written January 18, 2020
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Tristan S
Aalborg, Denmark3,087 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is always worth visiting the National Museum. The Viking section seems to be a permanent one, and highly recommended. But currently there is a special exhibition called symply Germany. The advertising flags dotted around town are very immaginative - shape of ritter sport chockolate Block. But back to the exhibition. Covering some 600 years of Germany it details progression from early city states to the current nation. To me it is about what Germany started as, what it is now and how it got there. Packed with information and no punches pulled.
Written January 12, 2020
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Stephanie W
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
There is so much to see here -From fashion to the design of chairs to why items are constructed the way they are. It's an extremely laid back museum which you can browse at your leisure. We went hungover and it's a great activity to do when you don't have to read a bunch of tiny print!!
Written January 7, 2020
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Whale_JW
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great place to learn more about history, not only history of Denmark, but also some human and world history. However, i thought there were too many information which are too "new", as I usually prefer "older" stuff in a museum. It's worth the visit though.
Written May 7, 2020
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Brad H
Chicago, IL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This museum is really excellent. The three main sections covering Danish history from prehistory to the present are well designed and of a good size. The ground floor and the top floor are the best presented, while the second floor could use a bit of an update, and they could probably highlight the viking era more, but overall it was quite well done. I took about three hours to do the main sections of the museum.
Written February 19, 2020
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leedjjck
Tolland, CT977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This museum of Denmark is a hidden treasure in Copenhagen in my opinion. the exhibits were well thought out and shown. One recommendation I would give would be that the museum needs to be advertised more, we had to search for it and the signs to the museum were not shown from the main street. One added plus was their cafe/restaurant onsite, we had a wonderful lunch before we started into the museum! We could have spent more time in the museum but we had to meet our group for dinner. We highly recommend this museum to learn more about Danish history!
Written July 19, 2022
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Nancy
Barcelona, Spain7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited the museum on the suggestion of friends. As it was quite cold in Copenhagen, it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Very interesting history of Denmark and most of the items on display have descriptions in Danish and English. We truly enjoyed our time here
Written January 8, 2020
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parissmiles
Irving, TX176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Everyone's view of history and art are different, and other than the creative film about the Vikings, this was not particularly appealing to me. I prefer the art of the Musee D'Orsay in Paris for example. This film, and walking about the city of Copenhagen and recognizing the stature of the people, makes me consider (after having been in other Scandinavian countries) that in all likelihood the Vikings originated in Denmark.
Written July 13, 2021
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Dana S
Orlando, FL484 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I spent about 1 hour here in the Viking exhibit and then quickly walked through the rest of the Danish/renaissance type exhibits. It was smaller than I expected, but they did have some great artifacts from the viking periods. If you've been to other museums in Europe, I don't think this will impress much. They did have a gift shop with really lovely items. This was included in my Copenhagen Card admission, so I think it was a good value, but I would not prioritize this on my list of other attractions in the city.
Written June 2, 2023
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