Welcome to the Gallery
National Gallery of Denmark is Denmark’s pre-eminent museum of art. No other museum in the country offers a correspondingly rich and varied selection of works from art history – dating from the early Renaissance to the most cutting-edge of contemporary art.
Here you find the best of everything: Paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic art, photography, video works, and installation art. In short: 700 years of art in the heart of Copenhagen.
Overall, the Gallery comprises:
One Gallery, three collections
The collections have their origin in the art collections of Danish monarchs. They can be traced back to the reign of King Christian II in the mid-16th century.
The Royal Collection of Paintings and Sculptures: Numbering a total of 10,500 works, this collection comprises paintings and sculptures from Denmark and abroad, dating from the 14th century to the present day.
The Royal Collection of Graphic Art: One of the finest collections in the world of drawings, graphic art, and photographic art.
The Royal Cast Collection: Plaster casts of statues and reliefs dating from the year 2,500 BCE up until around 1600.
The Royal Collection of Paintings and Sculptures and the Royal Collection of Graphic Art are both housed at the Gallery domicile in Sølvgade, whereas the Royal Cast Collection is housed at Vestindisk Pakhus in Toldbodgade by the Copenhagen harbour front.
Exhibitions for adults and children
Exhibitions: The Gallery stages a wide range of exhibitions, all taking the museum collections as their point of departure. The Children’s Museum of Art offers exhibitions aimed at children and young adults.
x-rummet: Twice a year an artist from Denmark or abroad is invited to create an exhibition specifically for x-rummet. The space is the Gallery’s venue for experimental contemporary art.
The Gallery offers ample scope for a wide range of entertainment and activities. For example, you may find concerts and artist talks taking place on the Stage in the Sculpture Street.
In addition to this, the Gallery offers guided tours for children as well as adults, and workshops where children can try their hand at creating art themselves. Read more about activities at the Gallery here. From the 1th of July till the the 29th of July, there will be guided tours in English.
Café and bookshop
In between enjoying the Gallery’s collections, exhibitions, concerts, guided tours, and workshops, you can contemplate the arts in the Gallery café or browse the well-stocked bookshop.
The Café: While you take in the spectacular view of the Østre Anlæg park outside you can enjoy brunch, a hot meal, a sandwich, or cake, washing it all down with a choice of hot and cold beverages.
The Bookshop: The Gallery Bookshop stocks Danish and international books about art, artists, and art history.
Subject to change without notice