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“A bit of everything”

Museum of Copenhagen
Ranked #112 of 352 things to do in Copenhagen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Copenhagen is closed until 2018, when it reopens in new sorroundings in Stormgade 18 in central Copenhagen. See the museum's webpage for more information. Exhibitions, workshops, walking tours, lectures, and much more. The Museum of Copenhagen offers a wide range of activities that will help you become familiar with, understand and experience the uniqueness of the capital, both as a modern metropolis and as a historical city.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“A bit of everything”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

This is a small to medium-sized museum, covering a variety of topics, and is about an easy ten-minute walk from the central train station. The entrance fee was 20 kroner each for adults (free on Fridays though) and they took a credit card at no extra charge (we found some shops and restaurants in Copenhagen added on a handling fee).

The previous review gives a good description of what can be found here so we won’t repeat. Took lots of photos, so the type of exhibits can be seen from those we’re posting.

The building was the old headquarters for the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society, and the large collection of decorated shooting targets was unusual and our highlight of the exhibits. These boards were largely unscathed and had lovely paintings on them. The shooting range wall still exists behind the museum in the Skydebanehaven park.

The museum has toilets with automatic light-switches so don’t be afraid to enter the dark foyer or cubicle!! There are benches at the front outside and a small model mini-city. There is a small section of items for sale, mostly books, in the foyer.

It was raining so we decided to pass the time in this attraction. If you are nearby and love museums, it is definitely worth a go. One of us gave it 3 stars, the other 4, so 3.5 average! If your time is limited, it is much easier to get round this than to try and go all round the huge National Museum. There are some similarities, such as with the more modern exhibits, but the National Museum has prehistoric finds and is a much bigger set-up, go to that one if it's a choice of one or the other.

They have a website in English at http://www.copenhagen.dk/en/visit

Visited August 2011
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Denver, CO
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“A bit jumbled, but fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

The city museum is in an old mansion house, west of the Central train station -- a bit of a walk from the old town, but worth the trip, I think.

The museum is a bit confusign in layout, but in general there are exhibits on the history of Copenhagen from it's founding to the last decade with lots of displays of old stuff from the excavations of the city, tons of photographs, and collections of modern pieces that show the evolution of Copenhagen from a port city to a medieval power to the modern day. A bit hard to follow, since timelines and explanations of the history are mixed in with displays of typewriters and record jackets but it's a very neat museum.

They also have a high-tech multimedia exhibit on "being a Copenhagener" which we were engrossed in for a long time. Interviews, movies, letters, personal histories and artifacts with immigrants to Denmark and what it means to be a Copenhagener -- focusing a lot on recent immigration from muslim countries, and the history of integration in the city. It was fascinating to see how non-Danish saw living in Copenhagen and how it affected the city.

Nearly everything has good english notes,and where they are no on the labels themselves, a book/sheet is available in the room to decipher things into English or German. I would have liked to see more about the founding of the city, but the approach the museum takes to history is a good one: following the change from a "king-as-god's-emissary" absolute rule to democracy really does illuminate the changes in the city.

Definitely worth an hour or so if you are interested in another view of Copenhagen.

Visited May 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Good Museum of City History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2007

This is a good museum describing the history of Copenhagen and the various influences over the centuries. These include the power of the Church, the Monarch, and the influence of the trading economy. Then came the start of democracy and various social movements. Most of the exhibits have English translation available. There is also a room devoted to the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Worth a visit for those who like history.

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