Dramatically set on the shores of Øresund (the Sound), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Denmark’s leading modern and contemporary art institution. Behind its glass-fronted facade are more than 3,000 pieces, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Bourgeois. Visitors also enjoy the museum’s idyllic seafront sculpture park.
The Louisiana Museum makes for a perfect day trip from Copenhagen. Peruse the institution’s permanent collection as well as its temporary exhibitions, stroll through the oceanfront sculpture garden, and enjoy panoramic views of Sweden across the Øresund. The Louisiana’s regular evening program features lectures and classical music concerts, while the Children’s Wing offers free daily workshops where kids can paint, draw, and sculpt. Admission to the Louisiana Museum is free with a Copenhagen Card, which provides entry to 73 top landmarks as well as unlimited access to the city’s metro, bus, and train networks.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Louisiana Museum is a must-do for art enthusiasts.
- The Louisiana Café serves fresh seasonal produce year-round.
- Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas are not allowed in exhibition areas.
- You can use the coin-operated lockers on the lower level to store personal belongings.
- The museum is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs; wheelchairs and walkers are available free of charge.
How to Get There
Roughly 16 miles (25 kilometers) north of Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum is easily accessed by car, the 388 bus, and the Danish State Railway. Take bus and train routes to Humlebæk Station, a 10-minute walk from the museum.
When to Get There
The Louisiana Museum is open year-round. Summer is the busiest season, when it’s best to opt for an early-morning or evening visit to avoid crowds. In winter, you can cozy up by indoor fireplaces in the café and enjoy holiday-themed events, while in spring and fall you benefit from mild temperatures and fewer crowds.
An Architectural Icon
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a milestone of modern Danish architecture, noted for its seamless integration of art, architecture, and landscape. Founded in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen and designed by architects Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo, the museum consists of understated glass corridors and horizontal buildings that fit gracefully into the surrounding terrain.