Free Museums to Enjoy While on a Pre-or Post-Cruise Day in Copenhagen

Sometimes all you need to make your day in Copenhagen is a perfect little surprise of a museum that speaks to you and what´s even more important, leaves you some extra budget for those delectable Danish pastries no-one can possibly resist.

Free Museums to Enjoy in Copenhagen

Children and young people under 18 years of age have free access to state and state-subsidized museums in Denmark. Some of these museums also have free entrance for adults on certain days, including the following:

Tøjhusmuseet/The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, Copenhagen (Wednesday)

The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum is in central Copenhagen, located in Christian IVs arsenal Tøjhuset.  Created in 1928, the museum focuses on the military history of Denmark. The narrow, 163 meters brick building its located in, with its tall wooden columns lends itself perfectly to the unique display on the second floor. Take a walk through Danish war history from the 1500s until today; from samurai swords to World War II and the war in Afghanistan.

Danish War Museum

Hunting and Forestry Museum, Hørsholm (Wednesday)

Danish Museum for Hunting and Forestry in Hørsholm, north of Copenhagen, is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The museum owns approximately 3,000 square metres of exhibition space throwing light on the cultural history of hunting and forestry in Denmark from the Stone Age to the present day. The museum is housed in the beautiful old 18th century stables and barns belonging to the no longer existing Hirschholm Palace.

Post & Tele Museum, Copenhagen (every day)

The Post & Tele Museum is the depository of Denmark’s national collections in the field of post and telecommunications and houses the largest stamp collection in Denmark and the country’s most important special subject library.

Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen (Wednesday)

Vivid colours and grand architectural design characterise the museum, which houses the works of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsenhouses the works of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. A tour of the museum reveals a very special opportunity to enjoy world-class art and architecture. Located at Slotsholmen in the heart of Copenhagen the museum is very close to some of the most popular attractions of the city houses the work of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844).

The museum is a gem in the heart of Copenhagen and since opening in 1848 as the first museum in Denmark it has afforded visitors a very special opportunity to savour world-class art and architecture

Rudolph Suhrlandt: Portrait of Thorvaldsen, 1810. Detail.

Rudolph Suhrlandt: Portrait of Thorvaldsen, 1810. Detail.

Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Friday)

The Museum of Copenhagen wishes to kindle a desire for knowledge of the city, its past, present and future.

Nyhavn, ideal for strolls, coffee and people watching

Design Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, (Wednesday)

With a unique location in Copenhagen’s historic centre, near tourist attractions, the harbour boats, design companies and galleries, Designmuseum Danmark is a working archive and the entrance to Denmark as a design destination.

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Iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen

 

Københavns Domkirke

There’s a small, free-to-visit museum at Copenhagen’s cathedral, which locals know as Københavns Domkirke. The subject changes each year (paintings have been shown here, and there was once an exhibition about the Danish philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard). At the time of writing, the focus was on religious textiles. As long as there’s no church service taking place, you’re free to look around the cathedral, too.

 

Note that special exhibitions may sometimes require an entrance fee.