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Design Museum Denmark
Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark|designmuseum.dk|
The Danes made a big mark in the world of design and architecture over the course of the 20th century, with ‘Danish Design’ now recognised as a school of functionalist and industrial design and architecture.
Iconic examples include the egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, the artichoke light by Poul Henningsen, jewellery and tableware by Georg Jensen, furniture by Charles Eames, and the Sydney Opera House by Jorn Utzon.
That’s why any visit to Denmark, and especially Copenhagen, must include this design museum on its itinerary. Housed in a striking, 17th-century hospital near the royal Amalienborg Palace, it provides a great overview of Danish industrial design, alongside a large collection of applied art from medieval times onwards.
The highlight is the permanent exhibition on 20th-century Danish design, with key works by household names such as Arne Jacobsen and Charles Eames. Other treats include a section on Danish chair designs, and a gallery of original preparatory drawings behind some of the most famous designs.
While you’re there
Spare some time at the end to linger in the excellent museum shop, which has a selection of Danish industrial design, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and gifts. The shop is free to enter.
Getting there & doing it
The museum is located in the Frederiksstaden district and the closest metro stop is Kongens Nytorv.
There are 1-hour guided tours (additional charge) available daily, but you need to book ahead by calling or emailing on firstname.lastname@example.org. Private tours on specific elements of the collection can also be arranged on request.
The museum café (free to enter) has outdoor seating in the peaceful museum garden and serves an interesting menu of Danish home cooking.
When to do it
The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday. Late opening on Thursday.
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