Statens Museum for Kunst

Lonely Planet review

Denmark’s national gallery was founded in 1824 to house art collections belonging to the royal family. Originally sited at Christiansborg Slot, the museum opened in its current location in 1896. Statens Museum is the largest art museum in the country, thanks to an enormous, light-filled modern extension constructed in recent times.

Its collection covers seven centuries of European art, ranging from medieval works with stylised religious themes to free-form modern art. There’s an interesting collection of old masters by Dutch and Flemish artists, including Rubens and Frans Hals, as well as more contemporary European paintings by Matisse, Picasso and Munch. The museum also has an extensive collection of drawings, engravings and lithographs representing the works of such prominent artists as Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.

As might be expected, the museum has a wonderful collection of Danish fine art, including works by CW Eckersberg, Jens Juel, Christen Købke, PS Krøyer and Per Kirkeby. There’s plenty to keep children amused too, with special programmes year-round. There’s a fabulous light-filled cafe, and accessibility to people in wheelchairs is generally very good.