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Davids Samling/The David Collection, Copenhagen
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At Davids Samling/The David Collection, peruse one of the most complete collections of Islamic art in the world. The museum was formed in 1945 from C.L. David's personal collection and now encompasses the majority of the classical Islamic world, ranging from the 8th to the 19th century. Admire the intricate Arabic calligraphy, jewelry, and other handcrafts housed in the restored 19th-century home. Pieces are divided into 20 sections, arranged according to dynasty and time period. Be sure to check out the collections of European 18th-century art and Danish Early Modern art. Using our custom trip planner, Copenhagen attractions like Davids Samling/The David Collection can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • the most beautiful museum, very interesting islamusk collection with very beautiful textiles, inter alia, (a), and then it's free!
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  • The David Collection is a museum with many items, Danish art, European art, and Islamic art. But it's the Islamic collection that really stands out ... the best I've seen (so far) outside of Turkey. T...  more »
  • The David collection is somewhat overlooked as a landmark, and it is quite undeserved. For after the restoration in 2005-2009, which also included the neighbouring property, the Museum is now truly international class, and among the top ten leaders in Islamic art in Europe. The collection was founded by the then Court Attorney C.L. David, and includes, in addition to the main attraction-the Islamic art-a collection of older European art with furniture, porcelain and paintings and a recent Danish collection, consisting of paintings, porcelain and sculptures. To start with, to go up to the top floor, where you start with the Islamic collection which is absolutely overwhelming. From here moving downwards, floor to floor. At some point will most probably find that they are not really able to accommodate more, and so we have to go a little more shallow through the rest. The actual layout of the Museum is incredibly tasteful with warm color phrases on walls and dark wood, which fits in well with the art, and is thus a great experience in itself. Admission is free, so you can usefully divide his visit and browse through the different parts more thoroughly, spread over several times. It can be an advantage of the loan a tablet at the front desk, since it is so much easier to read the texts. The major general texts on Museum is on both Danish and English, but the descriptions of the individual items is only in Danish. They are, however, both in Danish and in English on the tablet.
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  • One of the best museums in town. Super nice collection. A must visit!
  • Excellent collection . A must see museum . The best I have ever seen in Islamic arts..
  • Extremely impressive collection of Islamic art and relics from all periods. Must be one of the best and most extensive collections in the world outside of the Middle East. With free entrance, this is a must see for any one.
  • Really nice museum, don't get fooled by it's miniscule size. It's jam packed with exquisite art, sculptures, pottery, glass, coins & weapons… and admittance is free 😉
  • Very good museum with nice porcelain pieces and an extensive collection of Islamic Art. Even for someone who's generally not into Islamic Art, I was impressed and amazed by the collection.