Originally the private collection of Carl Jacobsen, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Glyptoteket) is now one of Denmark’s best-known art museums and houses over 10,000 works within its Renaissance-inspired halls. The Glyptotek is most famous for its ancient Egyptian and Greek sculpture, although it also holds an extensive painting collection.
The Glyptotek’s ancient art department features Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, while its modern art section contains a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century French and Danish art. The modern collection features a complete series of Edgar Degas bronzes, 35 Auguste Rodin sculptures (the largest collection outside of France), Vincent van Gogh's Landscape from Saint-Rémy, and an impressive collection of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings including Paul Cézanne's iconic Portrait of the Artist and more than 40 Paul Gauguin works. The museum itself is equally impressive and features a subtropical winter garden and café, a glass-domed conservatory, and a concert hall.
Most Copenhagen city tours stop at the Glyptotek and also visit city highlights such as Christiansborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and Amalienborg Palace. It’s also possible to visit on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour to explore the museum at your own pace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a must-see for art lovers and first-time visitors to Copenhagen.
- Visitor facilities include a café with lunch and brunch options, free storage lockers, and eating areas for travelers who opt to bring their own lunch.
- The Glyptotek is free for disabled travelers, although some areas of the building are inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs, walking sticks, and crutches are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Private strollers are not allowed for security reasons, but it’s possible to store your personal stroller and borrow one from the museum.
How to Get There
The Glyptotek is located adjacent to Tivoli Gardens, a short walk from Copenhagen Central Station. It’s possible to arrive by metro or public bus, and hop-on, hop-off bus tours stop nearby at Tivoli Gardens.
When to Get There
The Glyptotek is open Tuesday through Sunday. It’s possible to visit the museum year-round, although it tends to be most crowded during summer and on weekends.
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid
One of the most famous landmarks in Copenhagen is the statue of the Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), located near the Nyhavn District on the city waterfront. Carl Jacobsen, founder of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, sponsored the original Little Mermaid statue and paid for it to be made by Edvard Eriksen and installed at Langelinie Pier.