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For many, this is Copenhagen's most beautiful museum.
Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen, Denmark
33 41 81 41
Carlsberg Brewery founder Carl Jacobsen and his wife were some of the biggest art benefactors of the time, and presented their extensive collection to the Danish state in 1888/ 1899 – calling it 'Glyptoteket' after the Greek word for a collection of sculpture. The beautiful building was then built to house the huge collection, and is worth visiting for the architecture alone – which includes a delightful winter garden at its centre. Home to the largest collection of ancient art in Northern Europe – including Egyptian and Etruscan artifacts - it also houses an impressive range of French impressionist paintings, most notably by Gauguin and Rodin. Extensive modernizations have vastly improved access and facilities without destroying the museum's unique atmosphere, which is best experienced with an extended sojourn in the garden's café.