The perfect gateway to the city of Copenhagen, its 800 years of history, current development and all-in-all a top-class museum experience.
What kind of city is Copenhagen, and who are the Copenhageners? If this is something you are interested in finding out about, a visit to the Museum of Copenhagen, located in a beautiful, historical building right behind City Hall, would be a good idea.
In just half an hour you’ll be introduced to all the most important places and events in the history of the Danish capital. From the trading and crafts of the Vikings, through the building boom and plague, fires and bombings, to the free city of Christiania today. A vast array of unique, original exhibits brings the city and its people to life. An interactive model gives you an overview of the entire city – then you’ll be all set to explore Copenhagen on your own.
Back to the Vikings
A visit to the Museum of Copenhagen is like walking through the city and its history from the Viking Age to today. The exhibition takes you through 14 key sites. Famous squares and buildings that have played a central role in the city’s history, like the power base on the Castle Island of Slotsholmen, City Hall Square where people have gathered to celebrate and demonstrate since it was built, the Copenhagen homes of the royal family surrounding Amalienborg Palace Square, and the different cultures of the city’s bridge districts.
Get Close to the Copenhageners
Who were the Copenhageners of the past, and how did they live? For each key site we’ve hunted down the most exciting archaeological finds and historical exhibits to document Copenhagen life – from before the city itself even existed. A well-worn bone comb from the Viking Age, the skeleton of a warrior from the Middle Ages that has survived the blows of swords and axes, and an elegant sedan from the 1700s, the taxi of the day for high-class Copenhageners. There is also an early edition of Copenhageners’ favourite means of transport, a cycle – made of wood!
Interactive Copenhagen History
Interactive installations, sounds, voices and film bring Copenhagen history to life. Try out the intricate greetings of the 1700s imported from the Court of France, and hear the story of the jail-breaker Morten Frederiksen, who ended his days at Copenhagen Citadel just a stone’s throw from where cruise ships dock today. You can also meet contemporary Copenhageners and hear them tell about living in the city. Highlights include our large-scale, interactive model of Copenhagen and a panorama that can inspire you to go out into the city itself at the end of your visit.
Café and Shopping
Take a little piece of Copenhagen home with you from the museum shop, or relax in the café and digest all the impressions from your visit as you enjoy the historical city garden in front of the museum. If you’re fast, you can get around the museum in just half an hour, but stay longer and experience even more of the surprising, beautiful and quirky things about the history of Copenhagen the museum has to offer.