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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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  • I honestly didn't expect to love this place so much. I love classical antiquities and I fell in love with the artist's interpretation of my favourite mythological stories :) but what really made this ...  more »
  • Like almost everyone who has been on slotsholmen in Copenhagen, I know the beautiful building with picture-frieze showing Thorvaldsen's homecoming from Rome, yet I have only now been in and seen the impressive collection of sketches and plaster models, which gives a good impression of Thorvaldsen's works-both in terms of quality and quantity. In addition, the spaces in itself worth watching both as edifice and a bold color choice.
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  • Pretty nice, its nice to see the bigger statues and the architecture. I spent less than an hour here, and i went because it was free on Wednesdays.  more »
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  • This is a great museum. If you are interested in ancient art, you do not want to miss this place. Free entrance every Wednesday.
  • Really liked it,the atmosphere is majestic, displays are well organised,really helpful staff,free guide to go along. No bags allowed in the museum but they have free lockers downstairs. In 3 floors,so take your time.
  • Many artworks by Thorvaldsens, some in marble, some plaster models. Nice.
  • Excellent museum with many stunning pieces for 50kr. Well worth it, and free on Wednesday.
  • We came in here because it was nearby and we had a Copenhagen Card (which granted us free access). While this isn't a must-see place, I was glad we saw it. The presentation of statues and sculptures was really creative and entertaining. The curators are clearly making an effort to show that statues/sculptures can be an immersive experience... more than just staring at some stone and walking away. For example, in one room there is a Kinect-type device that displays your moving picture next to the main statue, then gives you two speech bubbles with funny or thoughtful things. In another room there are lenses from different vantage points showing you different perspectives/views of the statue on display (e.g., peer into a shoe's heel and see a tiny, upside-down view of the statue). So Thorvaldsens is more engaging than an ordinary museum, and certainly more engaging than an ordinary statue/sculpture museum. At the end of the day, though, it felt like, "Well, they're still just sculpture/statues." If you're into this genre of museum/art, though, you will LOVE it! We took about 30 minutes in here, but you could easily spend longer.