After visiting these unique museums in Copenhagen, the city has immediately turned into one of my favorite European capitals. As an art and design lover, I can´t stress enough how Copenhagen has overcome my initial expectations.

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Cool Museums to Visit in Copenhagen

Visiting Copenhagen

You might already know that Denmark is consistently rated as one of the happiest countries in the world. Its capital city, Copenhagen is one of my favorite places in Europe. I love everything about it: beautiful architecture, impressive cultural heritage, progressive design, and unique art galleries.

The Danish concept of Hugge is all I want my home to be. The fairytales of the most iconic Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen, are the favorites in my children´s library. Even the foodie experiences in Copenhagen felt memorable. Not to mention, that I was ultimately impressed with the Danish TV shows – Borgen (2010) and Forbrydelsen (2007).

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Popular Museums in Copenhagen

If you plan to visit most of the local landmarks consider getting Copenhagen City Card with 40+ Attractions & Sightseeing Bus. There are quite a few amazing museums you might want to check out in Copenhagen, like:

My favorite museums in Copenhagen

While I haven’t visited all of the museums in Copenhagen during our 3 days in the city, there were a few favorites I’d love to share with you.

1. The Danish Museum of Art and Design

Hygge fans – this is your stop! Love stylish interiors? – The Danish Museum of Art and Design features some of the most innovative works from famous Danish and international designers.

However, I should warn you that this museum might not be a fit for everyone… The place keeps its focus on innovation, contemporary crafts, and Scandinavian designs, so personally, I don´t understand how it could not be interesting. Yet both of my parents said they didn´t find it entertaining at all (it will be fair to say they usually have the same reaction with the modern art galleries in Europe).

Anyway, I felt like visiting Copenhagen and not learning more about the Danish design obsession – would mean not experiencing the city fully.

Take for example the famous Danish Chair.

You might have heard that a chair has a special place in Danish homes. They say: “Show me your chair and I will tell you who you are”. According to the furniture designer Hans J. Wegner: “A chair is the closest thing to a human being. You could give it a personal expression.”

The chair is not for seating. It is an instrument, that gives individuals power, authority, and dignity while revealing everything about its owner – from age to social status. Can a simple chair affect and reflect the body it has to carry?! – I love this idea.

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Every girl should have a mirror like this one …
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2. Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen is famous for its castles – Amalienborg, Frederiksberg, and Rosenborg. The last one looks like the smallest one of all. However, its Treasury was one of the highlights of sightseeing in Copenhagen. Crowns, swords, medallions – you must see it all with your own eyes.

Originally, this 400-year-old Renaissance castle was built by King Christian IV. Then, Rosenborg was used as a royal residence until 1710, when another King Frederik IV switched it for another summer residence. But he had the palace made into the home of the royal collections: it is actually the reason why there are so many well-preserved interiors inside Rosenborg.

The unique crown jewels of Rosenborg reflect the centuries of style of the Danish royals. These may only be used by the Queen within the country’s borders. Usually, it’s only a few times per year: for the New Year Reception and during state visits or events.

Rosenborg looks tiny from the outside, but the best is hidden inside
Rosenborg Treasury is one of the most unique palace museums in Copenhagen
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3. The David Collection

The David Collection is one of the lesser-known private museums in Copenhagen. Its unique holdings were gathered by a prominent Danish lawyer C.L. David and are currently open to the public. I find it amazing that the entrance is free. Additionally, the staff provides you with a special tablet, so you can scan the barcodes of each item and learn some really interesting data.

The David Collection houses 3 permanent exhibitions: Islamic Art, European 18th-century Art, and Danish Early Modern Art. However, I should that the Islamic Art section is especially mind-blowing. It houses some of the most exclusive decorative art pieces from the 7th century to the mid-19th century, covering an area that extends from Spain in the west to China in the east, Uzbekistan in the north, and Yemen in the south.

After exploring the Ceramic Regions of Spain and the Savona Ceramic Museum in Italy, I never expected to find so many artsy tiles anywhere in Europe, but The David Collection has managed to surprise me. I highly recommend visiting this unique museum in Copenhagen.

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