The National Museum in Copenhagen has 10,000 years’ worth of history and exhibits from different cultures. It all began in the 1600’s when the Kunstkammer aristocrats and European royalty started to collect unique finds. This includes art pieces, weapons, antiques, and other ethnic curiosities. The museum now has a million artifacts, some of which are the only existing pieces in the world.
The museum has exhibits showcasing the following:
- Prehistoric Denmark’ from the Ice age and throughout the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Viking Age.
- The churches’ role in Danish society since its introduction in the Middle Ages, artifacts from this renaissance, ecclesiastical art, handicrafts, weapons and clothing from this period.
- Stories of Denmark is an exhibition shat shows Danes’ history from 1660-2000. It gives us a glimpse of everyday lives, special occasions and traditions. They also display everyday items from portraits, rifles, milk cans, books and the likes.
- Different kinds of money, coins and medals are also on display.
- Take a tour around the world when you see the a totem pole from North America, masks from Africa, Hindu idols, an Indonesian model ship, a Chinese Imperial costume and a walrus tusk figure from Greenland.
- See an extensive collection of ethnographic studies and a sensory exhibition on Japan and China.
- Check out idols, mummies, hieroglyphs, ceramics and other artifacts from music, sports and theatre from everyday life, politics, religion, health, love and death.
- The children’s museum within the complex allows kids to see and touch replicas of various artifacts. The interactive play transports them back in time and they get an actual feel of it by dressing up in old wardrobes and experiencing how it was back in the day.
The National Museum was originally an old palace built in the 1700’s Most of the rooms are in their original state, including the banquet hall, which is one of Denmark’s finest and best-preserved rococo rooms. If you want to grab a bite, there is a café and restaurant within the museum premises. You may also stop by the gift shop for some books if desired. Visit The National Museum anytime from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-5pm. Admission is free.
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