The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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November 9, 2012 by Matt

If you’re stuck for something to do in Copenhagen this weekend, you could do worse than visit the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on Sunday, when entry is free (though it’s a richly rewarding place to visit even with an entrance fee of 75kr).

When I have time to do the subject justice I’ll write a post on the profound effect that Carlsberg has had on Copenhagen – a subject that I’ve been fascinated with since coming here. But in the meantime, if you’re not familiar with the impact of Carlsberg beyond beer, then you could be forgiven for assuming the Glyptotek is something to do with drinking because of its patron’s name being attached. Don’t be fooled though – Glyptotek means a repository for sculpture, but even that only hints at the treasures within.

Founded by Carl Jacobsen (of Carlsberg fame) the museum is now home to his collection, which ranges from ancient artifacts to modern European art, and a whole lot in between. It’s right in the centre of Copenhagen, behind Tivoli (which is currently shut before opening with its new Christmas decorations), and also has a beautiful cafe in the main atrium, called the Winter Garden. I took a few photos below, which might give you a feel for the place, but while I still have many Copenhagen and Danish museums to visit, they’ll have to go some to beat the Glyptotek.

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