Statens Museum for Kunst

The National Gallery is a magnificent feast of Danish and European art. Among the profusion of painters represented inside SMK’s walls are artists from Denmark’s Golden Age and members of the Skagen School, including Old Masters and contemporary giants.

The grandiose National Gallery is Denmark’s biggest art gallery. Danish painters from the Golden Age include Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg and Constantin Hansen, and from the Skagen School you’ll encounter pieces by Peder Severin Krøyer, and Anna and Michael Ancher. Bruegel, Rubens and Rembrandt are among SMK’s Old Masters while Picasso and modern installation art represent the 20th and 21st centuries. Weekend activities allow youngsters to produce their own art, and the gallery provides a variety of guided tours; check online for information.


Sculpture Street is the location for modern Danish and international sculpture, while the X-Room hosts exhibits of contemporary art on the ground level. The New Wing, which is connected to the main museum by an atrium, contains the museum’s permanent collection, which is located on the first level. Additionally, the museum has a variety of areas designated for transient exhibits on certain creators or historical periods. For a cup of coffee and a small snack, head to the museum’s Kafeteria.

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