Press release: Visit the new Museum of Copenhagen – How to become a Copenhagener

A vast array of unique, original exhibits bring the city and its people to life.

Copenhagen is one of the world’s most livable cities. But Who are the Copenhageners og what kind of city is Copenhagen? Begin your visit to the city at the new Museum of Copenhagen, located in a beautiful, historical building right behind the City Hall. Here,  you’ll be introduced to all the most important places and events in the history of the Danish capital. From the trading and crafts of the Vikings, through the building boom and plague, fires and bombings, to the free city of Christiania today. A vast array of unique, original exhibits bring the city and its people to life. Our interactive model gives you an overview of the entire city – then you’ll be all set to explore Copenhagen on your own!

Back to the Vikings

A visit to the Museum of Copenhagen is like walking through the city and its history from the Viking Age to today. The exhibition takes you through 14 key sites. Famous squares and buildings that have played a central role in the city’s history, like the power base on the Castle Island of Slotsholmen, City Hall Square where people have gathered to celebrate and demonstrate since it was built, the Copenhagen homes of the royal family surrounding Amalienborg Palace Square, and the different cultures of the city’s bridge districts.

Get Close to the Copenhageners

Who were the Copenhageners of the past, and how did they live? For each key site we’ve hunted down the most exciting archaeological finds and historical exhibits to document Copenhagen life – from before the city itself even existed. A well-worn bone comb from the late Viking Age, a 600 years old shipwreck of a keel, and an elegant sedan from the 1700s, the taxi of the day for high-class Copenhageners. And of course we have an early edition of Copenhageners’ favourite means of transport, a cycle from the 1890s – made of wood!

Interactive Copenhagen History

Interactive installations, sounds, voices and film bring Copenhagen history to life. Hear about how the Copenhageners defended the city against the Swedish invasion in 1659, and learn about the jail-breaker Morten Frederiksen, who ended his days at Copenhagen Citadel just a stone’s throw from where cruise ships dock today. You can also meet contemporary Copenhageners and hear them tell about living in the city. Highlights include our largescale, interactive model of Copenhagen and a panorama that can inspire you to go out into the city itself at end of your visit.

Café and Shopping

Take a little piece of Copenhagen home with you from the museum shop, or relax in the café and digest all the impressions from your visit as you enjoy the historical city garden in front of the museum.

If you’re fast, you can get around the museum in just half an hour, but we’d love you to stay longer and experience even more of the surprising, beautiful and quirky things about the history of Copenhagen the museum has to offer.


Head of Communications Jesper T. Møller,, +45 4019 7485

Museum of Copenhagen

The Museum of Copenhagen gives you an overview of the most important historical sites and events, including the trading of the Vikings, the city building boom and disasters, then the free city of Christiania today. The museum building alone, with its beautifully painted beamed ceilings and decorated arches, is worth a visit.