M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

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Danish Maritime Museum

The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark (Danish: M/S Museet for Søfart), operated by a private foundation since 1915, was for the first 97 years located at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark. Its collections cover Danish trade and shipping from 1400 to the present day. In 2013, the museum moved into new underground premises designed by Bjarke Ingels Group around a former dry dock.[1]


Model ships, paintings, photographs and related artifacts illustrate the Napoleonic Wars as well as Danish trade with China and India. Special exhibitions are devoted to navigation, the Danish lifeboat service, lighthouses, shipbuilding, and the sailor's life since the 16th century. The museum also has several thousand paintings, a collection of over 33,000 photographs illustrating virtually all Danish ships since 1880, and a library of 20,000 volumes.[1]

New museum[edit]

Construction of the new museum, September 2011

A new museum designed by Bjarke Ingels Group opened in October 2013. Located in a former Helsingør dry dock, it is placed in an underground area of 7,600 square metres (82,000 sq ft) with an interior designed by Dutch architects Kossmann.dejong. Equipped with teaching facilities, workshops and a café, the museum also hosts conferences and cultural events.

Ingels' decision to build underground was the result of height restrictions imposed on the design in order to safeguard views of nearby Kronborg. The old dry dock, 150 metres (490 ft) long, 25 metres (82 ft) wide and 9 metres (30 ft) deep, proved to be an ideal location but it was first necessary to reinforce the old dock walls before constructing the museum on its periphery. The dock itself will remain an empty space crossed by ramps and bridges providing access to the museum and the exhibition areas. The overall intention is to give the museum the feel of a ship's deck. The competition jury welcomed the proposal, believing it would create a world-class maritime museum for Denmark. Financed by 11 foundations, construction work began in September 2008 and the museum finally was opened on 5 October 2013.[2]


Culture Harbour Kronborg[edit]

Kulturhavn Kronborg is an effort of 2013 to offer a variety of culture experiences to resistance and visitors to Helsingør. Kulturhavn Kronborg is a joint initiative[7] by Kronborg Castle, Danish Maritime Museum, kulturværftet and Helsingør harbour.


  1. ^ a b "Exhibition & Collection" Archived 2011-11-04 at the Wayback Machine., The Danish Maritime Museum. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Danish Maritime Museum, Denmark", designbuild-network.com. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ "2014 Winners". Architizer A+ Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  4. ^ "The Best New Buildings". RIBA. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  5. ^ "WAF Unveils Day 2 Award Winners". ArchDaily. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Top 1+ Exhibition Designs". Frame. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  7. ^ Culture Harbour Kronborg Archived 2014-03-22 at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 56°02′21″N 12°37′17″E / 56.03917°N 12.62139°E / 56.03917; 12.62139