A Budget Friendly Guide to Museums in Copenhagen

Visiting museums is a great way to experience the city and learn about local culture while studying abroad. Luckily, many museums in Copenhagen offer student discounts or have days when admission is free. Whether you’re looking to learn about Denmark’s history, immerse yourself in Danish design, or get your art fix, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t forget to bring your DIS student ID to take advantage of ticket discounts!

Art and Design Museums

Arken Museum of Modern Art
Student Ticket: 110 DKK
Inaugurated in 1996, Arken is one of Denmark’s newest contemporary art museums. Explore the museum’s many works of art inside the iconic main building–designed to resemble a ship–or enjoy their newest outdoor expansion, the Art Island!

Designmuseum Denmark (Danish Design Museum)
Student Ticket: Free
Denmark is a country known for its innovative and beautiful designs. Explore Denmark’s rich design history and evolution at the Danish Design Museum.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Student Ticket: 115 DKK
One of Denmark’s most popular museums, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is famous for good reason: browse through their expansive collection of modern art, spend time shopping in the museum’s boutique, or utilize their incredible outdoor space to picnic and relax while overlooking the ocean.
Tip! If you are under 27, you can get a membership card for 145 DKK – a one-time payment that allows you to go as many times as you wish.

louisiana museum outdoor area denmark

Nikolaj Kunsthal (Nikolaj Art Hall)
Student Ticket: 95 DKK
Located in the center of Strøget, Nikolaj Kunsthal offers visitors the chance to view Danish and international contemporary art in a beautiful and unique historical setting.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket
Admission on Tuesdays: Free
Student Ticket: 85 DKK
Artistic masterpieces, marble statues, and even mummies can all be found within the beautiful Glyptoteket! Beyond holding over 10,000 works of art, Glyptoteket also has a fantastic indoor courtyard, café, and a hidden garden.

students drawing at glyptotek museum copenhagen

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Under 27 Ticket: 95 DKK
The art displayed at Denmark’s national art museum originally belonged solely to the Danish royal family as a part of their royal collection. Over time, the collection was gifted to the people of Denmark and has since grown into the museum that exists today.

The David Collection
Free Admission
The David Collection consists of three main collections all preserved by museum founder Christian Ludvig David. The collections include: the Collection of Islamic Art, the Collection of European Art, and the Collection of Danish Early Modern Art.

Thorvaldsens Museum
Admission on Wednesdays: Free
Thorvaldsens Museum opened in 1848 as Denmark’s first public museum building. The museum is dedicated to the art of Danish neoclassicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, and highlights his life work.

Science and History Museums

Arbejdermuseet (The Workers Museum)
Student Ticket: 65 DKK
Step back in time by visiting the Workers Museum. Located in the original Workers Assembly Building, visitors can experience what everyday life was like for Danes working in the 1950s.

Botanisk Have (Botanical Gardens)
Free Admission
Escape from the busy Copenhagen city streets into a botanical oasis. Enjoy the sunshine while walking through the gardens, or visit the picturesque Palm House (40 DKK for a Student Ticket) and Butterfly House.

botanical gardens copenhagen

Statens Naturhistoriske Museum (Natural History Museum of Denmark)
Student Ticket: 50 DKK
Denmark’s Natural History Museum holds approximately 14 million items collected over a span of 400 years including fossils, skeletons, and minerals.

Tekniske Museum (Danish Museum of Science and Technology)
Student Ticket: 85 DKK
Browse through inventions of the past, present, and future as you explore this museum’s collection of machines and technology.

Zoologisk Museum (Museum of Zoology)
Student Ticket: 50 DKK
A branch of the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Zoology offers visitors a chance to explore national history among animals from across the globe. From small fossils to a 17-meter-long dinosaur skeleton, you’re sure to find something interesting!

Further Budgeting Resources

>> Read about living expenses in Copenhagen and advice from past DIS students on budgeting

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