Museums in Denmark

There are state-subsidised museums all over Denmark. Together with the state-owned museums they form a network that seeks to secure Denmark's cultural and natural heritage and disseminate knowledge of this heritage.

Most of the museums, 56, focus on cultural history, i.e. various periods and aspects of Denmark's history. There are 27 art museums, while two museums specialise in natural history (geology, zoology and botany). Finally, 13 museums cover several areas, e.g. both cultural, art, and natural history. Some of the museums have several branches or exhibition sites.

All of the museums cover a particular area of responsibility that is geographically, chronologically or thematically defined. Some cultural heritage museums cover the history of their local area in general, while others specialise in e.g. agriculture, fisheries or industry. In the same way, some art museums have comprehensive collections, while others concentrate on certain schools or the works of one particular artist.

Principal Museums

The National Museum of Denmark, the National Gallery of Denmark, and the Danish Museum of Natural History are the principal museums for cultural history, history of art and natural history, respectively. These three museums have a special status and must e.g. offer expert advice to other museums in Denmark. Follow the links below.

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