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The Danish Museum of Design

Visit Design museum in Copenhagen

If you want a deep dive into the world of Danish furniture designers, this is the place to go. Take DFDS ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen and explore one of the Nordic region's central exhibitions for Danish and international crafts and industrial design. Through the collections and archives you can follow the historical path of design. Explore developments in industrial design, furniture arts and crafts, and put it in perspective of previous work from earlier periods and areas.

There is also a separate exhibition of Danish furniture design from the 20th century and several of the premises are dedicated to big names such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen.


The museum was founded in 1890 by the industrial association in Copenhagen and Ny Carlsberg Museumlegat. The main purpose since the beginning has been to show real quality in forgiveness. The museum should serve as inspiration for the people of the industry and make consumers critical and quality conscious.

The building the museum houses was formerly the first public hospital in Denmark, Frederiks Hospital. It was where Søren Kierkegaard died in 1855. In 1920, the building was renovated by architects Ivar Brentsen and Kaare Klint to further adapt it for museum purposes.

Museum shop

The museum's shop is a great place for acquiring some Danish industrial design items. View some handmade ceramics, beautiful jewelry and mouth-blown glass. Here you will find both Kaj Bojesen's wooden elephants and Hans Bølling's small wooden ducks. The shop also offers several books on crafts and designs.


Klint is the name of the design museum's café. Here, food is served based on Danish traditions, but with a New Nordic dispute. Danish sandwiches with avocado or creamy cheese, as well as delicious desserts at a low price. In the summer it is nice to sit outside in the lovely Grønnegård courtyard and enjoy the food.