Museum of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Museum of Copenhagen (Københavns Bymuseum) is the official museum of Copenhagen city. It documents the history from the 12th century to the present day. The museum is located close to the Central Station at Vesterbrogade, in a mansion from 1787 which used to house the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society, and overlooks Skydebanehaven, the former shooting range now serving as a small public park.

Outside the museum's entrance is a large scale model of medieval Copenhagen. Part of the adjacent street Absalongade serves as a museum street, featuring historic street furniture.

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Founded: 1891
Category: Museums in Denmark

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Jon Jorgensen (2 years ago)
One of the most beautiful museum buildings with a very tastefully collection. I highly recommend just for the architecture, the rest is a bonus. There are some impressive and important works from the Danish Golden Age in the Danish part of the building.
Joanne Macdonald (2 years ago)
This is one incredibly beautiful space. However, for a top tourist destination in a capital city, I would love there to be more multilingual provision. An audioguide option, or a range of paper guides in a few languages would improve visitors' experiences.
Yixiao Song (2 years ago)
Best art museum in Copenhagen city. Absolutely my most rememberable part of my Copenhagen trip. Definitely worth to go even if you are not into art. This museum is phenomenal!!
Giuseppe Mennella (2 years ago)
Beautiful museum. Wonderful exhibition and presence of many important and interesting works. Both the historical wing with a classic architecture and the new wing built by Larsen are interesting. There is a space for breakfast that is located in the central area in the palm garden
Konrad Osmólski (3 years ago)
One of the most beautiful museums I've ever been. Besides exhibition, the architecture itself and composition of flowers, trees, lights and all sculptures is so amazing. I love the idea of huge garden inside the main hall and the fact that each path leads you to something amazing and extraordinary. Well designed place, great exhibitions and the perfect way to spend at least two hours of your daytime. For everyone who come to Copenhagen for holidays and for those who just pass through - must see!
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