The David Collection in Copenhagen is the largest collection of Islamic art in Scandinavia.
Furthermore the collection contains European 18th century fine and applied art, displayed in interiors from the period.
The David Collection is housed in the building once occupied by the museum's founder, Christian Ludvig David who in 1945 decided to preserve his collections for posterity in the form of a museum.
The Collection of Islamic Art
The museum has three permanent collections: the Collection of Islamic Art, the Collection of European 18th Century Art, and the Collection of Danish Early Modern Art.
The Collection of Islamic Art is the museum's largest. It covers virtually the entire classical Islamic world, from Spain in the west to India in the east, and spans the period from the 8th to the 19th century, with all artistic media represented.
The Collection of Islamic Art is by far the largest of its kind in Scandinavia and is among the 10 most important in the Western world.
You can borrow an info tablet with an integrated audio guide so you in English can read and hear about all the objects in the Islamic collection.
The Collection of European 18th Century Art
The Collection of European 18th Century Art is displayed in original period interiors of the 19th century, and it includes furniture and other decorative art from the 18th century.
The Collection of Danish Early Modern Art consists of a fairly small group of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics made by Danish artists between c. 1880 and 1950.
It includes works by Theodor Philipsen, Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, L. A. Ring, Peter Hansen, and 11 works by Vilhelm Hammershøi.
The David Collection is part of the museum district Parkmuseerne in and around King’s Garden. A ticket to Parkmuseerne costs 195 DKK and gives you access to all six great museums in one ticket. Tickets are sold at all of the six museums.