glyptotek

“from greek root glyptos, carved, and theke, a storing place”

there’s a number of stunning museums in copenhagen, but ny carlsberg glyptotek is my favorite. the husband beg to differ - we’ll prepare a post of his favorite soon - but here’s mine. it was one of the first places i visited on my own, before K arrived, and i spent hours just walking around the compound. it’s quiet. it’s haunting. in a good way. from my brief online research before my visit, it looks like it boasts the biggest collection of antiquities in northern europe. the fact that it has a courtyard filled to the brim with plants - i was sold.

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the museum holds a stunning array of collection by the Danish beer magnate, Carl Jacobsen, the founder of carlsberg. hence the name. ancient, antique sculptures (art students seen surrounding them with sketch books in hand, i wish i could draw too!), masterpieces of the french and danish art of the 19th century. also apparently, egyptian mummies (must’ve been a pretty hidden section cos it was impossible for me to find - but i ran out of time every time i visit), and more. the museum has been around since 1902.

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this place spoke so loudly to me, down to the color of its wall. when it’s sunny, light floods in through the skylight windows. beautiful mosaics on the floors, some with motifs as tributes to main ingredients in beer, barley. i didn’t think i’d fall in love with an art museum really, far from that, but it was a really pleasant surprise. if i’m ever back, i hope to catch one of its special exhibition next time.

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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7, DK-1556 København V

free admissions on tuesdays - so of course i had to go twice, at least :)