National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

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Prince's Palace, Ny Vestergade 10

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The National Museum of Denmark is considered one of Europe's best museums. It presents the broad spectrum of the country's history – from the days of the Vikings to the Danish Renaissance to the welfare state of the late 20th century. The museum's immense collection also includes artifacts from Danish pre-history, Egyptian mummies and coin exhibits from ancient Greece and Rome. It also features a separate children's museum that offers interactive exhibits for little ones, plus other sights throughout Denmark, including the Danish Music Museum and a former prison camp.

Past travelers described this museum as well-organized and informative, although a few felt that some of the collections were out of place here. Some also bemoaned the lack of audio guides but appreciated the English translations on signage.

You'll find the National Museum of Denmark two blocks away from Tivoli Gardens and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Indre By. Parking is not available on-site, but the property sits near a car park, multiple bus stops and the Kongens Nytorv metro station. The museum's exhibits, cafe and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the children's museum closes at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for adults cost 85 Danish kroner ($14) per person. Visitors with Copenhagen Cards and children 17 and younger get in for free. For more information, visit the National Museum of Denmark's website.

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