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Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

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Arken Museum of Modern Art features works of modern and contemporary artists, including eight works of the controversial British artist Damien Hirst. See some of Hirst's most famous works: a dead cow immersed in formaldehyde, a diamond skull, and dead butterflies glued to a canvas. The museum has collected around 400 post-war contemporary art pieces by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Shirin Neshat, and Wolfgang Tillmans. The building itself is a work of art that takes the distinctive form of a ship stranded on the shore only few meters from the sea. Sit in the museum cafe, which hangs from the side of the building like a giant lifeboat. You can also stroll along the long sandy beach here. Use our Copenhagen travel itinerary planner to add Arken Museum of Modern Art and other attractions to your Copenhagen vacation plans.
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Most of the hotels in Copenhagen are located in the central Vesterbro or hip Indre By areas, though there are many more adventurous (and somewhat more affordable) places to stay during your vacation. As in the rest of Denmark, accommodations in Copenhagen are quite expensive. If you're traveling on a tight budget, consider camping along the Mølleå River or staying in one of the city's many backpacker hostels. If you prefer an inexpensive hotel, explore options in the Helgolandsgade and Colbjørnsensgade neighborhoods. For a taste of Denmark's art scene, head to the up-and-coming Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn areas. Travelers who like to stay outside of the main tourist areas should set their sights on one of the city's suburbs, like the northern section where you can stay at a beachfront hotel or on a houseboat.
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  • One of the best places in Denmark for contemporary art. However it takes ca 45 minutes to get there with public transportation from Copenhagen Center. I recommend to buy a 24 hour valid bus / metro pa...  more »
  • Great day trip to arken - going on the train there is easy and quick - from the Station you can either take a bus (158?) it stops right in front of the museum - taking a walk is also fun as you smell ...  more »
  • An interesting journey of buses and train to get here. Bicycle from the local station would have been the easiest of course. On arrival my first impression of the building was of a ship. Not as striki...  more »
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  • Amazing contemporary art museum a few km outside Copenhagen, reachable in about 45 minutes by train/bus. Well worth it. I was there for a breathtaking special exhibit on hyper-realistic statues, but the rest of the collection on display was (mostly) stunning and inventive, too. Interesting building, good cafe (albeit with rather slow service), and a nice bookstore. Great if you have a day to spare.
  • Really great modern art collection from 1990 and onwards, some really interesting pieces in the permanent exhibition and the temporary part was pretty cool. The food in the museum café is delicious and not very expensive for what it is. Come in summer and enjoy the great view around the museum.
  • Excellent museum for contemporary art. Arken is located in beautiful surroundings
  • Great Damien Hirst exhibits; well worth going if you like that. Also has 12 gold Chinese 'year of the...' circle of animals by AI Weiwei and supporting film. Entry included with Copenhagen Card.
  • Amazing. Unique. Together with Lousiana best in Scandinavia