KUNSTEN - Museum of modern Art Aalborg

KUNSTEN in Aalborg houses a permanent collection of Danish and international art from around 1900 to the present. The impressive building was designed by renowned architects Elissa and Alvar Aalto, and Jean-Jacques Baruel. Currently, the museum is closed due to restoration and is expected to reopen in the autumn of 2015. 

Furthermore, the museum received 4 stars in 2007 from Danske Attraktioner (Danish Attractions). The museum contains special exhibitions, a sculpture park, an amphitheatre, concerts, seminars and films.

Not just a unique collection – the building is unique too
How do you restore a listed building without ruining the original architecture? This is the challenge which KUNSTEN is now facing. The museum is the only one outside of Finland designed by Alvar Aalto. The architectural icon in white marble houses an exclusive collection of modern art from both Danish and international artists.  

Erik Møller architects are in charges of the restoration. They plan on keeping all the surfaces and detailes, where this is possible.  

KUNSTEN’s café has allied with the popular chef, Mikael Kopp Christensen, previous head chef at different famous restaurants in Denmark. The result is a menu where quality ingredients from the region are brought into focus, and the audience can enjoy both air-dried ham, cold-smoked salmon, mushroom soup, and a selection of regional cheeses, as well as sweets - home-baked cakes, coconut macaroons, marzipan ring cake, and handmade chocolates. Not only can the visitor of the museum enjoy the new selection of the café; the admission to the café is free.

An overall sense of quality can be experienced regardless of whether you visit the café, the exhibitions or the shops. So you can look forward to visiting the museum's new surroundings in October 2015, when the museum reopens after the comprehensive restoration.   

KUNSTENS headquarter is now temporarily location at Aalborg railway station. “KUNSTEN to go” tries to integrate the art and activities into the city.

KUNSTEN is expected to reopen in the autumn of 2015. 

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9000 Aalborg


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  • City / Area

    • Himmerland
    • Nørre Sundby
    • Aalborg
  • Classification

    • Accessibility – Easy access
    • Saint Hannes Cross
  • Discounts

    • Free entrance with sightseeing card
    • number of persons for group pricing (12)
  • Feel like

    • Afternoon
    • Hygge 3
    • Inside
    • Læring 3
    • Morning
    • Rolig 1
    • Tøsesjov 1
  • General facilities

    • coach/truck parking
    • dogs allowed
    • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Intended audience

    • adults
    • Couple
    • Family with children
  • Museums, Galleries and crafts

    • Culture
    • History
    • museum
    • museum shop
  • Nature and terrain

    • city
  • Special

    • packed lunch allowed

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  • Coordinates

    Longitude : 9.905772
    Latitude : 57.042549