Denmark is a great place for museum lovers. From modern art to ancient civilization, the Nordic country can provide visitors with almost any kind of museum experience.
Despite this, the 2015 edition of influential travel site TripAdvisor's list of the world's best museums, released on Tuesday, doesn't place any Danish museum among the 25 best in the world or even among the best in Europe.
The list, based on user recommendations, includes Vasa Museum in Stockholm as the only Nordic entry among its global top 25.
Along with the global and regional rankings, TripAdvisor also included the following picks for the ten best museums in Denmark.
1. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Located in Humlbæk, 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen, Louisiana shows both contemporary art and modernist classics. The museum opened its doors in 1958 with the intention of being the home of Danish art, but the course has changed throughout the years and Louisiana is now a truly international museum with many renowned works.
Photo: Maya Hiort Petersen/Colourbox.
2. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the museum was founded by the of the Carlsberg Brewery patriarch Carl Jacobsen, a 19th-century industrial magnate and patron of the arts. Ny Carlsberg is Scandinavia's largest collection of ancient art and also houses 19th century French and Impressionist artist like Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso and Rodin. Unfortunately a work by the latter was recently stolen from the museum in broad daylight.
Photo: Birgit Brinch Nielsen/ Colourbox.
3. National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum can take you back to the Viking or Ancient Egypt era. This museum is the home of the prehistoric Sun Chariot, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. You can also see an exhibition of original cannabis sales stalls from Christiania or a Victorian home from 1890. And there’s free admission.
Photo: Natinalmuseet – National Museum of Denmark/Flickr
4. Hirschsprung Collection
The Hirschsprung Collection holds tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung and his wife Pauline’s collection of Danish art. The museum includes 20 masterpieces by artists like Anna Ancher, Christen Købke, J.Th. Lundbye, Vilhelm Hammershøi and Theodor Philipsen. You can visit the museum for free on Wednesdays.
Photo: Guillaume Baviere/Flickr
5. The David Collection
With one of the largest Islamic Art museum displays, the museum also hosts two other permanent collections: a collection of European 18th-century art and a Collection of Danish early modern art. Completely free to visit and a must-see during your Copenhagen stay.
Photo: Pernille Klemp/ David Museum.
6. Moesgård Museum
Moesgård is a museum focused on archaeology and ethnography in the Aarhus suburb of Højbjerg. Here, you can see prehistoric displays, evolution exhibits and some special features like China’s Terracotta Army. It's also a great place to experience the life of the Bronze, Iron and Viking Ages.
Photo: Poul-Werner Dam/Flickr
7. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
One of the Europe’s largest art museums, the building itself is a work of art from Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects. The art museum shows special exhibitions featuring both national and international artists. Australian artist Ron Mueck's 4.5 metre sculpture Boy is among the museum's most noted works and the amazing Your Rainbow Panorama by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is located on top of the building.
Photo: Neil Cummings/ Flickr.
8. National Gallery of Denmark
The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst – SMK) is the largest art museum in the country. The collection is really varied, from European classics of the Renaissance to the overwhelming diversity of modern and contemporary art. The SMK is well-known for its collection of Danish Golden Age art and it hosts one of the word's best collections of Matisse. It’s free to visit so you can go any time you want.
Photo: SMK Press.
9. Post & Tele Museum
The Post & Tele Museum is the depository of Denmark's national collections in the field of post and telecommunications. If you are a philatelic, the museum is also the largest stamp collection in Denmark. Here too admission is free but if you want to eat in the museum's excellent rooftop cafe, it will cost you.
10. Thorvaldsens Museum
Thorvaldsen Museum opened on September 18th, 1848 as the first public museum building in Denmark. The museum was built to exhibit the extensive life’s work of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen along with his collections of artworks and objects from Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquity.