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National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen

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Travel through 14,000 years of history at National Museum of Denmark, which narrates the stories of the many different cultures that once thrived in this and other parts of the world. The museum's eclectic collection includes everything from Viking coins and Bronze Age coffins to Egyptian mummies and African masks. Offering a kind of crash course in Danish culture, the museum stores a vast collection of prehistoric archeological treasures unearthed from Denmark's soil over the last few centuries. The easiest way to see the most representative exhibits quickly is by guided tour. Stop by the information desk at the entrance to sign up for one, or visit the website for downloadable guides and leaflets. Admission is free. To visit National Museum of Denmark and other attractions in Copenhagen, use our Copenhagen vacation generator.
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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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  • Lots to see here. Laid out more or less chronologically. Particularly liked the stone age to iron age artefacts and bog bodies. Also have interesting Egyptian relics on very top floor and 60's/70's se...  more »
  • some really cool stuff to see here. shows the history of the country and is well laid out so easy to walk around. they provide you with a map which shows you the room numbers on points of interest on ...  more »
  • We very much like this museum. Displays are excellent, plenty of room, good lighting, outstanding collection. We are going back again to see more.  more »
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  • One of the highest quality I have ever been to. We visited there on our first day in Copenhagen, ended up spending pretty much all afternoon although we could easily spend several more hours. The timeline was amazing, everything was well displayed, explained and translated. It was a great start to see the culture and history of Denmark! It made me want to visit more Danish museums but sadly we did not have the time. Next time!
  • Very nice Danish history & pre-history collections and information. The ethnographic artifacts upstairs are really cluttered and not nearly as enjoyable. I'd love to know more about where those collections came from (gifted v. stolen). The exhibit on Navajo blankets was wonderful if lacking the full horror/history of the Navajo people. In general, good museum whose dense collections need culling and organizing.
  • Best museum I visited while in Europe! Section on Danish history was particularly interesting. Even if you are an English-only speaker, you will be amazed by the amount of information being presented here. Five stars
  • So. Much. History. We went here only budgeting 90 minutes and barely skimmed the surface of items to see. The organization of the museum was impressive as well. Very quick moving and orderly.
  • Really nice museum in Copenhagen, lots of things to see. You can spend a good half day here walking around. They have these miniature houses that were really cool to see. There's also different sections for art for different time periods. There's a mummy section too. Great for families or if you're just visiting.