On any afternoon, you might find a lonely would-be sculptor wandering about. This museum, founded in 1895 as a branch of the Statens Museum for Kunst, seems little known. But it's such a curiosity, we had to recommend it; in fact, it contains one of the largest and oldest cast collections in the world, comprising some 2,000 plaster casts modeled from famous sculptures from the past 4,000 years of western culture. The best-known original works from antiquity and the Renaissance are scattered throughout the museums of the world, but this world of plaster unites many of them -- Egyptian sphinxes, gold from Atreus's treasury, Venus de Milo, the Pergamon altar, and marble sculpture from the Acropolis. Most of the collection was made from 1870 to 1915 by leading European plaster workshops.
- © Frommer's 2013
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