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Statens Museum for Kunst. Photo: SMK Fotos

Statens Museum for Kunst

Statens Museum for Kunst. Photo: SMK Fotos

Statens Museum for Kunst. Photo: SMK Fotos

Address Sølvgade 48; 1307 Copenhagen K
by Østre Voldgade
Neighbourhood Indre By - Nyboder, Østerbro | See on map
Metro Nørreport [M1, M2, A, B, C, E, H, DSB], Østerport [A, B, C, E, H, DSB]
Telephone +45 33 74 84 94
Website http://www.smk.dk/en/
Price Free. Special exhibitions DKK 80-100.
Hours Tues-Sun 10-17. (Wed until 20:00)

Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark’s national gallery, collects and exhibits all kinds of art from the 14th century to the present day, and is one of the best museums in Copenhagen for the depth and breadth of its pieces, specifically from the ‘Danish Golden Age’ with many works donated by the royal family over time.

Whilst the bulk of the permanent collection is made up of the royal sections for painting, sculpture, plaster casts, and graphic art, temporary exhibitions feature more modern mediums and artists working today. Big draw names include Brueghel, Picasso and Rembrandt, whilst local artists also get their share of the limelight (check out Vilhelm Hammershoi’s paintings and Peter Land’s surrealist statue in the pop works room).

There’s a big emphasis here on restoring and preserving art for future generations, with visitors being invited to see conservators at work, and the architecturally interested come to the museum to study how the modern annex interacts with the original building.