A trip to the museum is not every child’s idea of fun; luckily for playful kids, Copenhagen is bursting with museum wings made especially with them in mind. Here’s a selection of the best.
Denmark’s National Museum encompasses everything from prehistoric times right up to present day; but rather than overwhelming its smallest visitors, the museum provides them with a children’s annex. Exhibits here are hands-on, with plenty of role play and dress-up in Viking long boats, 19th-century schools and medieval markets. All parts of the museum are free to visit, and changing facilities are provided.
The National Gallery has also designed a special children’s area that includes exhibitions and workshops. Exhibits place art in a child-friendly perspective, while the children’s workshop provides a chance to paint, draw and sculpt (entry costs DKK 30 per child). Every Sunday at noon and 1pm there’s free tours for children and the first Sunday of the month is family day.
Denmark’s science museum is located in the northern suburb of Hellerup and includes around 300 displays, all of which can be fiddled with in some way. Any kid who has ever asked, ‘how does this work?’ will be fascinated by the many gadgets—and you might lose dad along the way. Entry is a little pricey, but you could easily spend a day here.
An offbeat alternative to the larger museums, this small museum on Slotsholmen is the ideal place for little princesses who will be enthralled by costumes, shoes, wigs, and even the original stage. Don’t forget to visit the royal horses in next door’s Royal Carriages Museum while you’re here (weekends only). Closed Mondays and Fridays.
Image of National Museum for Children courtesy of Klaus Holsting.