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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum of Denmark and many more Copenhagen attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Copenhagen attractions planner .
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  • Here at the national museum, there is so much to experience for large and small. That one simply cannot go into the details of it all, you have to get there on several occasions. But my grandson was particularly impressed by the exhibition from Egypt.
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  • There is a large and diverse museums, really. In a lifetime. Don't see too many sights in the city already es to think that there will be a lot of tutorial we become museums.
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  • Free and written in the guide but unfortunately it is currently free of charge. I was quite shocked at the table signs. But that came in went so far, but I have too time to reverse. The content is great.
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  • Well I loved it, not sure if they change or how often their exhibition but I fell in love with the current one. As they advertising 20'000 years of history in front of your eyes from the very beginning through all ages - obviously even a viking one - NOT only about/from Denmark but I saw swords from Hungary which is where I'm from. My favourite part was the viking warship - Yes a whole warship! - , it is unbelievable and the different weapons from different ages, not to mention those gold jeweleries. If you love vikings, gold and silver, or just curious about how we evolved and from where, well I can truly recommend it.
  • Very well designed muesum with historical artifacts from all over the world from a variety of time periods. Definitely worth spending at least a few hours there. Start at the top floor and work your way down. They let you take photos at will which is a huge plus for me
  • A surprisingly excellent museum! Free to get in, with an excellent gift shop (really, really good). I could have spent a fortune in the gift shop if I hadn't had to fit it all into suitcases for a flight back to London. Heck, I wanted to buy the bone hair pins even though I obviously don't have any hair that I could use them in. A t-shirt that says "authentic viking" in Viking runes? Awesome. Anyway, the actual museum. I only looked around the Viking stuff to be honest. It was hot, my feet were sore and I didn't feel like going upstairs to the other more modern exhibits. But I saw some really good stuff - we went through the ancient history part exhibits before getting there and they had some interesting fossil pieces too. Lots of flint axes which I recognised instantly. Then the Viking stuff. So much cool stuff. More viking runestones that you would ever expect to see in one place, and I like that they translated them all. The exhibits were all really well laid out in this museum. A Viking boat, a massive gold cup which was made as a tribute to the Vikings. So. Much. Good. Stuff. Could have spent a couple of days in here if it wasn't for the temperature. It wasn't all that hot, but it was warm enough to keep us moving on.
  • Great museum, I really enjoyed their ancient human exhibition. It is laid out so you can see the evolution of society, blew my mind! One of the best museum gift shops too
  • The National museum of Denmark is my favorite museum!!! Although there's no audio guide, the English explanation is more than enough (not only about the exhibition itself but the historical and anthropological meaning behind it) -- and after 2 hours I only managed to glance 23 rooms out of 200+. I was really upset but then I found that they sell separate books regarding each group of rooms. For example, I bought the Stories of Denmark 1660-2000, which talks about Danish modern history. It resonates what my anthropology professor has taught me and makes me want to be a museum-studies major (but it's too late 😭) Highly recommend!!!

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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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