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Previous exhibitions

A short introduction to some of the exhibitions at the Museum of Copenhagen in recent years

2022 Time capsule - Copenhagen in the 1990'ies

Experience the Danish capital between “Wonderful Copenhagen” and the "most liveable city" accolade. Travel twenty-six years back in time to the 90s, when Copenhagen was run-down and populated by students and old ladies in large apartments. A time when people partied against the tragic background of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when film had to be Danish Dogme, and buffalo shoes and Fly sunglasses were de rigueur on the fashion front.

The focal point of the exhibition is 500 time capsules created throughout Greater Copenhagen during Copenhagen 96. In clear plexiglass boxes the size of shoeboxes, citizens and institutions alike could choose what they would like to send into the future. The exhibition gives you the chance to explore all 500 of them, but we’ve also picked out some of the most moving, quirky and thought-provoking.

2020 Paul Fischer – Copenhagen in the Best Possible Light

The artist Paul Fischer (1860-1934) is especially known and loved for his paintings of Copenhagen around the year 1900. Fischer shows the city's squares, bridges and streets from their most beautiful side - in both rain, sun, snow and sleet. He portrayed buildings and the people of the city with so much love and empathy that you cannot avoid falling in love with the city. The exhibition showed Fischer´s Copenhagen from The Lakes to Kongens Nytorv over Højbro Plads to Vesterbro. In addition to a number of oil paintings, the exhibition also presented a large selection of Fischer's illustrations for books and magazines, and it focused on Fischer's use of photography as a starting point for the paintings

2015 Kid city

In Kid City, you could travel back in time and experience, how children’s lives in the city have changed over time. Two 5th grades from Blågård Skole contributed with personal objects and stories about what matters in children’s lives today. 

2014 Urban Nature

The main exhibition was based on an understanding of the city as an ecosystem where nature and culture are not opposed but united. It highlighted the role of nature in Copenhagen, including pioneering international examples. The kid's exhibition "The Dream of a city" was a space for grown-ups and kids to build their own city of the future. Urban Nature also involved two garden projects; "Intersections" was a new museum garden, created by the American artist, Barbara Cooper. The front yard was turned into school gardens during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

2013 The Past Beneath Us

In this exhibition, displaying finds from excavations throughout town during the latest years, archaeologists, experts and Copenhageners wrote the exhibition texts.

2013 Søren Kierkegaard -  objects of love, works of love

The exhibition, ‘Søren Kierkegaard: objects of love, works of love’, examines Kierkegaard’s understanding of love and its manifestation in modern city life.

2011 TRASH!

Trash is a constant feature of city life. Every day we must contend with rubbish. We recycle and repair; we throw away and we dump. The city has reacted by developing systems that conceal the sight and smell of this inconvenient truth. This exhibition invited children and grown-ups to explore Copenhagen’s hidden rubbish in landfills, on the streets, in backyards and in our homes.

2010 Becoming a Copenhagener

The special exhibition focused on immigration to Copenhagen, as the catalyst of, and pre-condition for, the town's growth and change. It told about the ways in which migration had placed its mark in the city, down through history. 

2009 City Mischief

As winter darkness settled over the city, the Museum of Copenhagen opened its doors to a magical world of city fun and games. With the help of Shane Brox - a familiar face from the DR children's TV-programme "Shanes Verden" - we brought the museum's huge collection of old toys from Copenhagen to light and let the children join in the fun themselves.

1996 Under the Wings of Democracy

From the enfranchisement of Danish women in 1908 to the hosting of the European Capital of Culture in 1996 - Copenhagen certainly underwent extensive changes, socially, politically and economically speaking, in less than 100 years. This exhibition tells the story of welfare society's road to victory within the capital.