Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen

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Get to know the artwork and learn about the life of Danish neoclassicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen at Thorvaldsens Museum. The museum lies around an inner courtyard with Thorvaldsen's grave. Notice the outside frieze depicting the artist's homecoming from Rome, where he lived and worked most of his life. The museum features Thorvaldsen's works and personal belongings, such as his own medals, letters, and books. His collection of paintings and objects from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquity, are also on display. See drawings, sketches, and the original plaster models used in the making of bronze and marble statues and reliefs. Before you head to Copenhagen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Copenhagen vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Copenhagen has to offer, including Thorvaldsens Museum.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Great sculptor who I didn't know, the Museum is a really interesting place to visit, on Wednesday is free. The Museum is on three floors, the number of works on display is really high, some are repeated, many works were made in Rome where he lived, the sculptures are really of great value. Recommended spending a couple of hours between these walls.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Bertel Thorvaldsen is one of the most important Danish artists of the nineteenth century. This collection provides a wonderfully indepth examination of the artist's career, his inventions and reuses o...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We have been here before but didn't get with all the time. Those who like art and fine crafts should give here.
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  • June 21, 2017
    One of the best museum experiences in Northern Europe: friendly and professional stuff, great atmosphere inside, and, of course amazing works of art in elegant and modern space.
  • February 9, 2017
    Worth a visit if in the city. The works on display can be breathtaking and you wouldn't believe what they have hidden away inside of this building. Such a small fee to see a large and varied amount of work. Fascinating!
  • March 17, 2017
    Decent price and a fairly large collection. Also not overcrowded. Not too much information on what you're seeing however.
  • January 25, 2017
    A good museum if you have an hour to spare. I did not know really anything about Thorvaldsen and I came away with a good sense of his importance and appreciation for his works. Definitely take advantage of the free admission on Wednesdays!
  • May 3, 2017
    Visit on Wednesdays for free, starting at 10am. Start on the main floor, pay the 20 Kroner for the audio guide. Plan 1h15 for the main floor visit with audio guide. 2h30 is needed for all three floors. Pro-tip: visit on Wednesday and rent an audio guide

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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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