Visiting the sculptors at Ny Carlsberg Glyplotek

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One of the best museums in Copenhagen is Ny Carlsberg Glyplotek and it is located in the center of the city close to the Tivoli garden, the central station and the main square of Copenhagen – Rådhuspladsen. So it is pretty easy to go and visit the museum during a visit to Copenhagen.

The museum has the best collection of ancient statues in Copenhagen so if you got an interest in old statues this is the place to go. There is a large collection of Roman statues including the best collection of artefact from the ancient city of Palmyra in the present day Syria.

The museum has a lot of large halls which gives a good presentation of the statues. In the middle of the museum is a very large covered courtyard with a lot of green plants and a little café in the corner where you can get a bite to eat if you need a break from walking around the statues.

The main feature of the museum is the statues from ancient Rome and the collection of roman statues is of very high class – but there are a lot of other exhibits in the museum. There are a many items from ancient Greece as well and a collection of mummies from Egypt. The Egyptian collection is nice to see but you will find better at the famous museums in major European cities like the British Museum or the Louvre.

The main feature of the museum is the statues – but one of the former directors of the museum was collection paintings from the 19th century. Hence the collection of European paintings from this era is actually the best in Denmark. So even if you don’t like statues there is something to interest you if you like 19th century paintings.

Stairway to the painting collection

The price to visit the museum is 115 DKK including the special exhibit which is going on during the time of your visit. If you come on a Tuesday it is free to visit the permanent collection of the museum but you still have to pay 60 DKK to see the temporary exhibit. If you go to a lot of museums you might consider a Copenhagen card which gives free access here as well.

The museum is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. The Carlsberg foundation was created by donations from I. C. Jacobsen and his son Carl – who were the founder of Carlsberg Brewery and Ny Carlsberg Brewery. They have now been combined into one company – Carlsberg and the foundation is still the biggest shareholder by far. So next time you have a Carlsberg – you can take comfort in knowing you are making a small donation to the Carlsberg foundation which will help fund this great museum.


      1. Thanks – though it was a plan mainly to write about travel we have done after starting this blog. But the current situation has changed this since it seems like there will be no new travel this year. Maybe a bit of exploring around Copenhagen area will be possible when they hopefully open the museums and other stuff again.

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