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“Brand-new exhibit on Danish troops in Afghanistan is almost virtual reality”

The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum
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Owner description: The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum houses permanent exhibitions about war, defence and weapon technology, and presents Danish military history from the 1500s until today. Experience the exhibition "Denmark's Wars" in the museum's large Rustkammersal and "A Distant War - a Danish Soldier in Afghanistan", an exhibition in which you can feel the atmosphere of a Danish combat group in Afghanistan.
Reviewed May 25, 2013

This often-overlooked museum has had a major renovation on its second floor covering five centuries of Danish wars. Of greater interest is a brand-new exhibit on the Danish experience in Afghanistan, which virtually puts the museum-goer into the every-day soldier's experience. Danish veterans of Afghanistan have collaborated with the museum to recreate a forward operating post which the visitor walks through, including sleeping and eating quarters, the observation tower, map and sit-rep room, with real kit and accessories brought back from Afghanistan and used in the exhibit. It is really like virtual-reality- quite unique and well worth the visit. Check the opening hours - it is only open four hours a day and not everyday.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum is a great stop for military history buffs. Children may like all the cannons and armor. If you have no interest in history, this museum will hold little appeal for you.

The Museum entrance is only steps away from Fredericksborg Palace and, unfortunately, it is only open about 4 hours a day in the afternoon. The museum is part of a much larger building, but is enormous inside, perhaps 100 feet wide and many hundred feet deep. We were there on a Saturday, but apparently there is free admission on Wednesdays.

The first floor is taken up mostly by cannons from about 1600 up to the present. When we visited, they had a very good exhibit depicting life in a military camp in Afghanistan (Denmark is key participant in trying to restore order). The exhibit was fairly large and extremely well laid out with iPads (or some other tablet) providing background in both Danish and excellent English. I thought it was very informative and gave a glimpse at some of the hardships and hard decisions endured by soldiers.

The second floor is huge in an almost mind-boggling way with exhibits of uniforms and other military gear throughout the centuries up to the present, along with a great deal of historical data, again much available on tablet computers. There were many highly decorated items ranging from spears to ornate swords, and intricate inlays on rifle stocks. One interesting facet was the obvious glorification of war in the earlier years, but grittier reality beginning in the 1800s. This floor had lots of armor, cool uniforms, helmets (I liked the spiked ones from about 150 years ago), medals, and other items of military interest. The first floor looks kind of like an armory, but the second is surprising open and airy. There are some pretty good pictures on the website.

There is a fair amount of material here, all well laid out and presented. We spent about 90 minutes here and enjoyed our visit very much.

Thank ElaineAndGreg
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

This is an interesting museum for fans of old weapons. The lower level has a large collection of cannon - all shapes and sizes. Upstairs are displays of uniforms, swords, and guns of all types. Note that there are very few captions in any language. On the third floor was a small exhibit about the current missions of the Danish Army, such as service in the Balkans.

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