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National Gallery of Denmark

The best museums to visit to understand us Danes better

We have a rich history. So rich in fact that most of us can't even retell half of it. But luckily, we have a lot of passionate locals around the country, who are eager to share their vast knowledge of Denmark's history and culture at our many museums. Here are 18 of Denmark’s best museums.

Your rainbow panorama, Olafur Eliasson, 2006 - 2011, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum.


In the centre of our second city, Aarhus, you’ll find one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, ARoS, and one of our absolute favourites. Because this museum figured out how to make the greyest days colourful, by simply slapping a giant circular rainbow walkway on the top of the building.

GDK Tirpitz Museum


Hidden beneath the dunes along our rugged North Sea coast, you might be able to spot the hidden bunker museum, Tirpitz, which tells the story of the Atlantic Wall during the 2nd World War. But you’ll also get an look inside the history of the entire region, and our relationship with and dependence on the wild North Sea.


Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is one of the most famous castles in Denmark and for good reason: situated on three islands surrounded by a lake and beautiful gardens, it's simply breathtaking. Home to the Museum of National History, the grounds are full of rich history, architecture, and gardens.

Explore Denmark's rich Viking history at Roskilde Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum

Our little part of the world is known around the world as the home of the Vikings. And this era in our history has put a permanent mark on us Danes even to this day. (For instance we call Christmas “Jul” in Danish which can be traced back to our Viking ancestors). In the old Viking town of Roskilde you can learn to set sail and build ships like they did.

The Open Air Museum north of Copenhagen

Open Air Museum

In just one afternoon, you can travel the length and breadth of Denmark at the Open Air Museum, north of Copenhagen. Here you’ll find 50 re-erected farms, mills, and houses which we Danes lived in from the 1600-1900s, and you’ll meet passionate reenactors that will show you how we used to spend our lives.