The National Museum og Denmark - Copenhagen

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The National Museum of Denmark
Meet and soak up the Danes Cultural History through generations.
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A national treasure is the Chariot of the Sun from 1400 B.C. found in 1902 at Trundholm in North Zealand.
The National Museum
Walk slowly through more than 14,000 years of Danish history & Cultural Heritage.

Denmark’s largest Museum
The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of Danish cultural history - and the museum for all of Denmark - where one can follow the history of the Danes for generations - and right down to the present day. And you can get around the world by visiting the exhibition ”Peoples of the World'” - which is a journey around the globe supported by precious artefacts collected since the establishment of the Danish National Museum by King Frederik III in 1650.

The Prince's Palace
The National Museum is centrally located beside Christiansborg Palace in a classic 18th century mansion called The Prince's Palace - and was the residence of Crown Prince Frederik (V) and Crown Princess Louise - as well as other members of the royal family. The first Palace on this plot was built in 1684 - and is one of the oldest Rococo palaces in Denmark. The present building was completed in 1743-1744 by leading court architect Nicolai Eigtved - the master architect of the Amalienborg Palaces and Frederiksstad. In 1892 the palace properties was taken over by the National Museum and provides the current museum area with a historical atmosphere and stately surroundings.

The Danish Kustkammer
The Royal Danish Kunstkammer in 1748 shared the building with the Royal Danish library. The Kunstkammer was founded in 1650 by King Frederik III - with artefacts from all over the world collected by the King. The Kunstkammer museum was the early start of the National Museum.
The National Museum in 1892
The Prince's Palace was the residence of Crown Prince Frederik (V) until 1746 and the oldest Rococo palaces in Denmark. In 1892 the palace properties was taken over by the National Museum. In front is the Marble Bridge to Christiansborg Palace, designed by court architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1739.
 History & King Frederik III
The Museum started as the Royal Danish Kunstkammer - and was established around 1650 by King Frederik III (1609-1670 - ruled Denmark and Norway 1648-1670). In the "Kunstkammer" there were valuable artefacts from all over the world collected by the King. The collection was broken up some 200 years later - as The Royal Kunstkammer officially existed until 1825 - when all the royal pieces were distributed among newly created specialist museums including The National Museum.

The founder of The National Museum
King Frederik III was the son of King Christian IV (1577-1648 – ruled Denmark and Norway 1588-1648) - and besides of being the founder of The National Museum he also created the Royal Library in 1648.

Household in the renaissance period
Part of an exhibition at the National Museum about the daily life and household in the renaissance period between the 16th and 17th century.
King - Nobility and Farmers
Exhibition under the title King - Nobility and Farmers from 1530-1660 covering artefacts and relics from noblemen - warriors and landowners.
14,000 years of the Danes history
The exhibitions at the National Museum contain of more than 14,000 years of Danish history presented through different exhibitions - with focus on each historical period from Denmark and other countries supported by many exclusive collections that is full of inspiring and impressive objects together with numerous archaeological treasures.

Danish Prehistory - Vikings - Middle Ages and Renaissance
Visiting the National Museum is a journey through time and places where you can experience Denmark’s cultural history from 14,000 years of Danish prehistory to ethnographic treasures from the entire world like ancient art and culture and spectacular historical findings.
The Viking Age - 800 until 1050 A.C.
Danish prehistory culminated in the Viking Age - the period from 800 until 1050 A.C.. During the Viking Age - the first Danish kings appeared - who ruled an area roughly corresponding to present-day Denmark. On King Harald Bluetooth’s rune stone at Jelling - Denmark is named for the first time around 964 A.C.. At the end of the Viking Age Denmark’s kings also ruled over England and Norway during certain periods.
The Golden Horns from 400 B.C.
The Golden Horns from 400 B.C - was found in Southern Jutland in 1639 - and in 1734. The exhibited horns are replicas - as the original made of solid gold were stolen in 1802 - and destroyed by the thief - who melted the Golden Horns.
The Reformation in 1536

Old Altar piece from 1638 made after the Reformation in 1536 is a part of Danish Church history. The National Museum has a rich collection of church artefacts and art - as well as various alter pieces from 12th and 13th-century.

Middle Age and Renaissance
From the Middle Age and Renaissance period the exhibition presents Danish society and its daily life - as well as international relations from 1050-1660 A.C.. Danish Church history before as well as after the Reformation in 1536 - is represented with a rich collection of church art and "golden altars" from 12th and 13th century.

The Ethnographical Collection
The Ethnographical Collection offers a captivating journey around the world - starting with Native Americans and ending with the Inuit. The exhibition also includes a wide collection of artefacts from Africa - India - Indonesia - New Guinea - New Zealand - Japan - China - Central Asia and Siberia - as well as world music from various cultures.

Special National Treasures

The exhibition includes national historic treasures like the Trundholm Chariot of the Sun, the Egtved girl’s grave - the Gundestrup Cauldron - The Golden Horns of Gallehus - the Hoby tomb and much more.

Artefacts from the world 3000-4000 B.C.
The National Museum has largest and most varied collection of objects from 3000-4000 B.C. of the ancient cultures of Greece and Italy - the Near East and Egypt. Many of the artefacts are from the collection of King Frederik III.
Sarcophagus from 450-480 B.C.
Sarcophagus from 450-480 B.C. found on the island of Arados in Northern Lebanon - and made of Greek marble by a Greek sculptor. Arados was a city in the centre of the Phoenician kingdom around the first millennium B.C.

Classical Antiquities from the Near East and Egypt.
The National Museum has also a broad collection of Near Eastern Antiquities - where visitors can see Egyptian mummies, Grecian vases - Etruscan jewellery and Roman artefacts etc.

The National Museum is located near the Town Hall - Christiansborg Palace - Thorvaldsens Museum - The Palace Chapel - Glyptotek and Tivoli.

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The National Museum

The National Museum (The Prince's Palace)
Ny Vestergade 10
1220 Copenhagen K.

Trains - Central Station

Distance from Town Hall Square is 1 km. - and expect 5-10 min. by walk to the muaeum.

The National Museum - Copenhagen
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