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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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  • Well worth the journey out from the city centre. Damien Hirtst brilliantly displayed. We loved Gosh! which is really well worth catching. The food in the cafe was beautiful and better value than most ...  more »
  • The Ark is still at Ishøj strand. We were there in a beautiful spring weather. There was not any special exhibition we were interested in, but when we almost drove right past, we chose to look past. It was an ok choice
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  • The exhibition (in English: Yikes, is it alive?) is different from so many other modern art shows. You can't stop being fascinated, and you just want to walk through it again and again. It's uncanny: ...  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.
  • 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.
  • I visited Arken while they had the exhibition: Gys, er det levende? (exhibition of contemporary art projects of realistic human subjects). This was a really amazing exhibition that provided a strange look at how to perceive ourselves. Nice area with the beach nearby and a nice small cafe.
  • Small but nice for a quick visit, you can also catch a movie if you're lucky :)