Danish National Museum
The largest cultural history museum in Denmark
The Danish National Museum(Nationalmuseet) I located in the center of Copenhagen in the so-called Prince’s Palace, which was built in 1744 by Nicolai Eigtved for the Danish Crown Prince Frederik V and Crown Princess Louise. Since 1892, the palace has been the headquarters of the National Museum of Denmark.
The cultural history of Denmark
Exhibits of Denmark’s cultural history from the Stone Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times are displayed on three floors. In addition to archaeological finds from the Viking Age and a collection of ancient coins and medals, the museum preserves important ethnographic objects from African and South American culture.
In the Children’s Museum, young visitors are introduced to culture and history through play. A classroom from the 1930s, a medieval kitchen and a model of a Viking ship invite active exploration. All information is displayed in both Danish and English.
The Danish National Museum presents the “Sun Chariot of Trundholm,” an exhibit from the Nordic Bronze Age around 1400 BC, as well as the “Cauldron of Gundestrup,” made of silver. This was found in Denmark in 1891 and, with its ornately decorated plates, provides insights into Celtic mythology.
Another famous find are the “Gold Horns of Gallehus”. The oldest Danish runic inscription is written on these pieces made of gold.
The “Girl of Egtved” is a young woman who was buried in a hollowed tree trunk between 1800 and 530 BC.
Additional exhibition venues
In addition to the Prince’s Palace as the headquarters, there are four other branches of the National Museum. The Freedom Museum shows the history of the Danish struggle for freedom between 1945 and 1950, and in addition to the Music History Museum and the Open Air Museum, another site is the Frøslev Internment Camp. What was once a German prison camp is now a national monument with an exhibition about everyday life during World War II.
A separate section of the museum is specially designed for children. There is a historical classroom with slates and chalk, a model of a Viking ship and a medieval kitchen.
Tickets and prices
- Adults: 95 DKK
- Children and teenagers up to 18 years free
- Free admission with Copenhagen Card