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Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, Photo Credit: Glyptoteket

The Glyptoteket in Copenhagen

This art museum is located just beside Tivoli in Copenhagen, and contains contemporary French and Danish art in addition to the largest collection of antique art in Northern Europe.

The museum is easy to combine with a mini cruise with DFDS.

Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, Photo Credit: Daniel Rasmussen

The art collection

The collection consists of artworks and historical art from the very beginning of history in Mesopotamia, the Pharaohs of Egypt, ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

There is also French and Danish art from the 19th century.

There are some selected pieces of "must see" art. Among the ten major works is Paul Gauguin's Tahiti Woman with a Flower, Landscape from Saint-Remy by Vincent Van Gogh, The Black King's Head from 1842 - 1795 BC, and a sarcophagus from the second century BC.

Glyptoteket, Copenhagen - Photo Credit: Glyptoteket

History

The museum was founded in 1888 by beer brewer Carl Jacobsen.

His desire was to enrich his urban children with international art, and he believed that art had a special educational significance. He did not want the museum to be like everyone else, but rather wanted it to speak to every visitor. That's why he called it the Gyptotek.

Like a library that exhibits books, a glyptotek is a space that exhibits sculptures. The museum was actually in the beginning in Jacobsen's own home, where over the years he had collected several sculptures and decided to open his collection to the public.

Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, Photo Credit: Malin Poppy Darcy Morner

The café

In the beautiful conservatory you can take a break from the exhibitions and sit down at Café Glyptoteket.

Here you can enjoy a light lunch, delicious cakes or maybe just a cup of coffee. The conservatory is adorned with shrubs, flowers and palm trees, so here you can just sit back in the beautiful surroundings.

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