Art Museums/Galleries in Copenhagen

When it comes to art, Copenhagen is often overlooked in favor of more colorful cities like Paris and Barcelona; this is a shame, as the Danish capital can boast a good number of world-class art museums and vibrant contemporary galleries.

The 'big three' art galleries in and around Copenhagen are the National Gallery Statens Museum for Kunst, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk north of Copenhagen and Arken, named after its rounded, ship-like shape, near Ishøj on Copenhagen's southern coast. Of these, Arken has slipped a little on our list: Its architecture may be novel but the lighting and strong shadows do not always make for ideal viewing conditions.

In addition to its collection of antiquities, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has a fantastic collection of French impressionist art as well as changing exhibits and is quite simply a beautiful building to visit. The Hirschsprung Samling may not be housed in such a grand setting-rather a large villa in Østerbro-but its collection of paintings from Danish Golden Age of 1800-1850, is one of the most complete there is.

Some of the most cutting-edge contemporary art can often be found as part of group exhibits: Copenhagen has a good number of smaller art museums that each holds a changing program of three to four changing group shows and retrospectives a year. Of these, Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand has one of the best locations, housed in an elegant old building and overlooking both canals and Christansborg. Nearby in an atmospheric former church just off Strøget, the shows at Kunsthallen Nikolaj tend to be conceptual and multimedia in nature.

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Statens Museum for Kunst

Sølvgade 48-50

Denmark's National Gallery... read more

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Louisiana Museum

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Gammel Strandvej 13

Modern art and architecture in spectacular setting... read more

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Glyptoteket

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Dantes Plads 7

Art museum in a uniquely elegant setting... read more

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Hirschsprung Samling

Stockholmsgade 20

Extensive collection of 19th century Danish painting... read more

Arken

Skovvej 100
Ishøj Strandpark

Modern art museum on the beach... read more

Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand

Gammel Strand 48

Independent contemporary art museum... read more

Malerisamlingen Ordrupgård

Vilvordevej 110
Charlottenlund

Art exhibits and architecture amidst a country park... read more

Charlottenborg Kunsthal

Nyhavn 2

Historic contemporary arts venue... read more

Kunsthallen Nikolaj

Nikolaj Plads 10

Contemporary art gallery in former church... read more

Design Museum Danmark

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Bredgade 68

Art and design museum with beautiful gardens...
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