Copenhagen museum learning about history has been a passion of many over the ages. Copenhagen is known for its rich history with cobblestone narrow streets, old timbered houses, ancient castles and palaces. However the best way to learn about their history is to visit its rich museums, some of which can be entered for free with a Copenhagen card.
Here is a list of museums in Copenhagen with free entrance all year round in 2015: The National Gallery – The National Museum – The Resistance Museum (Closed) – The Open Air Museum – The Danish Music Museum.
You can experience Denmark’s 100-year history in the city’s museums. There are several great museums that the city has to offer. Some of them will be featured in this article.
The National Historic Museum located in the north of Copenhagen is based in the stunning Frederiksborg Castle, which is a marvel to behold.
The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark in Elsinore was listed on the prestigious list of recommendations “52 places to go in 2014.”You can come and experience the museum yourself and gain more knowledge.
The Worker’s Museum in Copenhagen invites you to step into everyday life of Copenhageners in the 1950’s. It’s like a travelling through time.
Denmark’s National Museum in Copenhagen has exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History.
The Open Air Museum, Frilandsmuseet, is one of the largest and oldest in the world.
Going to museums is a great experience for it enables you to take a walk through time and see Denmark’s history unravel before your eyes.
New Museum to Open in Copenhagen
People in Copenhagen and those visiting this Danish city have something to look forward to next month. A new and unique museum at Denmark’s largest protected industrial plant Brede Vaerk will open to the public on May 21. This is not the usual museum of historical facts but one focusing on industrial development.
The place is an exciting area to visit for both the young and old. Displayed are old machinery from the first watermills to the Lego blocks that will show visitors how Denmark transformed itself into an industrial country. Workshops and hands-on experience will be provided as well. Entrance to the museum is absolutely free of charge.
To give you an idea, the museum has three different experience sections. The first part is an exhibit showing the use of objects, sounds, light and film in depicting the history of ordinary Danes from the olden times going forward to the modern age. The concept aims to show the importance of industrial products and the inventor’s ideas behind them. Visitors will also have a peek into the future.
The second section features the biggest work areas for women in the 19th century. Here you will see the cloth mill with very large machines, the dye-works and the management office.
The third section is the “Engine Room.” Here, families will be given a hands-on experience on how to create energy with coal, produce goods on the assembly line and manage the sales of clothing. If the right procedures are followed in the small textile plant, the little steam engine should be able to run.
There will also be a special micro-website which can provide visitors with more information before they actually go to the museum or even after they have gone to the place. Starting on May 21st, this new museum will then be open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday until October 18, 2009.
Explore Copenhagen’s Open Air Museum
When one hears the word museum, often what comes to mind is an enclosed place where artifacts, old art works and other valuable collections are exhibited. But when you’re visiting Denmark and most especially its capital Copenhagen, visitors have a choice between the traditional museum buildings and an open air type.
If you’ve explored the capital city’s historical museums, you also need to visit its open air museum situated in Kongevejen 100, 2800 Kongens, Lyngby. This is one of the world’s largest and oldest museums of this type which allows people not only to learn about life in Copenhagen in the olden days but also to experience Denmark’s nature at its best. Entrance is free here so you can take an entire day exploring the surroundings.
Established in 1897, the Open Air Museum covering more than 86 acres of land features fully furnished buildings still in their original structure, a factory site, country manor, cottage, water mill and beautiful gardens. The mills situated here date back between 1650 and 1950. In addition, there’s also the countryside part showcasing some animals in more than 50 farms as well as breathtaking landscapes and streams.
One of the highlights in this vast complex is the Brede Works which won the 1999 Europa Nostra prize for its unique restoration works. This is where visitors can find the industrial plant where houses of former factory workers still stand. Other structures here are the eating house now turned into a restaurant, orphanage and nursery garden. The neoclassical mansion of the former factory owner built in 1795 can also be visited on special days.
The Open Air Museum is open during Spring and Summer from Tuesdays to Sundays starting from 10 am to 5 pm until October 18. For the Christmas season, it is open only on December 5 and 6 as well as 12 and 13.
The David Collection: Touted as the Best Art Museum in Copenhagen
If you asked around for the best art museum to visit during your trip to Copenhagen, most people would probably point you to the direction of the Kronprinsessegade 30, the townhouse housing the David Collection.
The David Collection is the product and vision of original owner CL David’s collection, one that he started collecting in the 1910s and opened to the public in 1945. Now, the collection has been expanded by the foundation running the museum but it still stays true to the essence of the original collection featuring three permanent collections: Islamic Art, European 18th Century Art, and Danish Early Modern Art.
The Islamic Art collection is perhaps the most popular of the three, not only because it is the largest among the three but more so because of the unique art that is not commonly found in museums across the Scandinavia. In fact, Collection of Islamic Art in this museum is the largest of its kind in the Scandinavia. As many visitors will tell you, skipping the other collections just so you can look at the Islamic artwork at leisure is just the thing to do if you’re pressed for time.
As for those who don’t even have the time to really look around, just passing by the Kronprinsessegade 30 and snapping some photos of the place might prove interesting enough as this beautiful building was actually built in the 1980s. But then again, with the free entrance, you might end up strolling through its halls anyway and taking a really quick art holiday.