The official opening of Copenhagen’s new museum garden and SMK Fridays –Garden Party Edition

Date: 19. sep. 2014
Time: 15:00 - 22:00
Price: Free

The SMK and the City of Copenhagen invite everyone to the official opening of Copenhagen’s new museum garden. We bring our music and drinks out into the open air as we present our special garden party edition of SMK Fridays.

The new museum garden, which is the size of the city’s main square, Rådhuspladsen, is a gift to all visitors and users of the SMK – and indeed to everyone in Copenhagen.

The museum garden is an entirely new urban space in the city, offering a lush, green entry point to the SMK.

In the garden itself visitors can walk on curving paths, enjoy the vast trees that surround the museum, or flop down on one of the grassy hills that invite everyone to take a break in the company of a good book – or a friend. 

The garden will be officially opened by Denmark’s Minister for Culture Marianne Jelved. We celebrate the opening with a special edition of our recurring SMK Fridays events.


  • 15:00 The official opening of the Museum Garden begins. 

  • 15:30 Opening speeches: Mikkel Bogh, Director of the SMK, Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Administration, and Marianne Jelved, Minister for Culture.

  • 16:00 SMK Fridays – Garden Party Edition. Music, garden walks, and a boat-building workshop.

  • 18:00 SMK Fridays continues indoors at the museum until 22:00.

SMK FRIDAYS – Garden Party Edition

The day’s activities begin in the garden with live music, guided garden walks, delicious barbecue food, a boat-building workshop at the garden’s new pool, and much more.

Later we move inside and focus on the all-new exhibition BIOGRAPHY by the Danish-Norwegian artists’ duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

SMK Fridays is all about a whole new kind of art experience outside the museum’s usual opening hours.

The programme changes from one day to the next, but it will always involve a great mixture of art, music, art talks, films, bars, and street-kitchen food.

This is what the museum looked like during the SMK Fridays events earlier this year:

The next SMK Fridays events will take place on

Friday 17 October

Friday 14 November

About the new museum garden

The new Museum Garden and the modernisation of the museum’s entrance and access points was made possible by a donation to the value of DKK 48.5 million from Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs' Fonde – OJD.

The SMK was the first to propose the project because the museum wanted to establish a stronger link between the garden and the museum. The City of Copenhagen owns the site and is the official developer on the project.

The Museum Garden was designed by the architectural firm Polyform and Karres en Brands, which won the design competition with their project proposal “Getting the SMK back into the park”.

Read more about the museum garden

The Museum Garden was donated by

SMK Fridays are sponsored by the Bikuben Foundation

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