National Museum of Denmark

Coordinates: 55°40′29″N 12°34′29″E / 55.67472°N 12.57472°E / 55.67472; 12.57472
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National Museum of Denmark
The Prince's Mansion in Copenhagen, home of the National Museum of Denmark
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Former name
Det Kongelige Kunstkammer
Established22 May 1807; 216 years ago (22 May 1807)[1]
LocationNy Vestergade 10, Copenhagen,
Coordinates55°40′29″N 12°34′29″E / 55.67472°N 12.57472°E / 55.67472; 12.57472
TypeNational museum
Visitors351,373 (2017)[2]
FounderChristian Jürgensen Thomsen
DirectorRane Willerslev
OwnerState of Denmark
WebsiteOfficial Website
Seal (1893)

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) in Copenhagen is Denmark's largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike. The museum's main building is located a short distance from Strøget at the center of Copenhagen. It contains exhibits from around the world, from Greenland to South America. Additionally, the museum sponsors SILA - The Greenland Research Center at the National Museum of Denmark to further archaeological and anthropological research in Greenland.[3]

The museum has a number of national commitments, particularly within the following key areas: archaeology, ethnology, numismatics, ethnography, natural science, conservation, communication, building antiquarian activities in connection with the churches of Denmark, as well as the handling of the Danefæ (the National Treasures).


The museum covers 14,000 years of Danish history, from the reindeer-hunters of the Ice Age, Vikings, and works of religious art from the Middle Ages, when the church was highly significant in Danish life. Danish coins from Viking times to the present and coins from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as examples of the coinage and currencies of other cultures, are exhibited also. The National Museum keeps Denmark's largest and most varied collection of objects from the ancient cultures of Greece and Italy, the Near East and Egypt. For example, it holds a collection of objects that were retrieved during the Danish excavation of Tell Shemshara in Iraq in 1957.[4]

Exhibits are also shown on who the Danish people are and were, stories of everyday life and special occasions, stories of the Danish state and nation, but most of all stories of different people's lives in Denmark from 1560 to 2000.

The Danish pre-history section was re-opened in May 2008 after years of renovating.

In 2013, a major exhibition on the Vikings was opened by Margrethe II of Denmark. It has toured to other museums, including the British Museum in London.[5]

Notable artifacts[edit]




Publications (selected)[edit]

Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark is the title of the museum's yearbook which has been published since 1928 and contains articles and other contributions.[6] ISSN 0084-9308

  • Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark 1807 - 2007. København: Nationalmuseet, 2007 ISBN 978-87-7602-079-8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nationalmuseets historie / Oldsagskommissionen" (in Danish). Archived from the original on 15 April 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Nationalmuseets besøsgtal" (in Danish). Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  3. ^ "About SILA". Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  4. ^ Mortensen, Peder (1970), Tell Shimshara. The Hassuna period, Historisk-Filosofiske Skrifter, vol. 5, 2, Copenhagen: Kongelige Danske videnskabernes selskab, p. 14, OCLC 562453801
  5. ^ Kennedy, Maev (19 June 2013). "Biggest Viking exhibition in 20 years opens – and this time they're angry". Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  6. ^ Om Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark Archived 2015-03-29 at the Wayback Machine;

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