Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen

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The Museum of Copenhagen, founded in 1891, is the official museum of Copenhagen, Denmark, documenting the city's history from the 12th century to the present.The museum is located in a mansion close to the Central Station at Vesterbrogade and overlooks Skydebanehaven. From 1787, the mansion housed the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society; The former shooting range now serves as a small public park.Outside the museum's entrance is a large-scale model of medieval Copenhagen. Part of the adjacent street, Absalongade, serves as a museum street, featuring historic street furniture.HistoryStarting in 1925, the museum had a permanent exhibition in the attic of Copenhagen City Hall. As the collections grew, the attic became too small and in 1956 the museum moved to the former building of the Royal Shooting Society. The former shooting range became a public park, still known as Skydebanehaven. In 1984, the museum took over the former Maria Kruuse School in the adjacent Absalongade. It is now used for administration as well as the museum's archives. Part of the street was turned into a museum street featuring historic street furniture.BuildingThe mansion in which the museum is located today is the former premises of the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society. Originally it trained citizens as part of the defense of the city. By the 18th century, the nature of its activities had become purely ceremonial and social. The society was based in the street Kompagnistræde, which was named after it, where No. 16 lies today, but since its activities were poorly compatible with a location inside the fortified city, it was granted royal permission to conduct the shooting training at a site outside Vesterport in the 1750s. In 1782, the society acquired a 3.5 hectare piece of land, stretching from present day Vesterbrogade to the beach. The foundation stone was laid for the current building the same year, but due to shortage of funds construction came to a standstill several times and the mansion was not completed until 1787.
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  • July 24, 2017
    How long the exhibition goods is not known, but it is definitely an extra plus to the otherwise interesting museum Photo exhibition is on various insects, I imagine that the children 6-13 will find it very exciting Meteors, month from Apollo missions, gemstones etc., it is so interesting. Like all the places metals, stones, etc are found. Enter only 75,-us $
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  • July 21, 2017
    I went to the museum to see the exhibition - Microsculptures. Large and extreme close up photos of insects. Photographer Levon Biss have made these piece of art - and they are amazing. They are shown ...  more »
  • May 18, 2017
    A beautiful place with a vast history Copenhagen, one of my favorite cities in Europe. With a delightful Scandinavian atmosphere, the museum is excellent and should be «must visit place» in Copenhagen...  more »
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  • February 16, 2015
    Very nice museum with lots of things to see: at the front there is a nice scaled reproduction of the old Copenhagen. The museum is free on fridays and also free for
  • October 28, 2016
    Unfortunately, we found this museum closed until 2018 and could not visit.
  • June 24, 2012
    The museum is really interesting when it displays the temporary or thematic exhibitions. I have been twice to the museum and I must say that the permanent displays pale out in comparison with the temporary ones. My advice is to look up their website and see if you find anything interesting for you. The museum is located in Vesterbo, which is a nice neighbourhood to visit.
  • April 18, 2013
    The entrance is for free. It is a medium-size museum. It covers the history of Denmark since the prehistory. It is especially remarkable the area dedicated to the 20th.
  • January 9, 2012
    One gets a really good feel for the history of Copnhagen. A good first to do for newcomers to the city.

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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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