The Art of Carlsberg (Literally)

Carlsberg has given so much to Denmark & the world thanks to their beer but that isn’t all they have given us. Carl Jacobsen, the man behind the famous Danish brewery, turned his private home & art collection into a museum.  Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a museum found in the middle of the city next to the famous Tivoli Gardens. Referred to mostly as Gylptotek, the Carlsberg relation to the museum is often overlooked. The Dane & I have had the former home turned museum on our list of “to-do’s” for a while so we headed over to get a little culture thanks to the art of Carlsberg.


Glyptotek is mainly a museum of statues; rooms upon rooms upon rooms of statues. If statues aren’t really your thing they have some rooms of paintings as well!

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

In the middle of Copenhagen, you can find yourself in Egypt surrounded by Pharaohs & their belongings, traveling back to ancient Mediterranean times, standing amongst famous Greek & Roman sculptures or surround yourself with some of the French & Danish statues of the past. All of these sculptural masterpieces can be found amongst countless rooms within walking distance of each other.

Painting’s more your speed? Walk through several rooms filled with some famous French paintings or even scenes from some of the Danish Golden Age of art.

The Museum

The art is great and all but after 5 rooms of statues, they all kind of look the same to be honest. The reason I would go back to Glyptotek and recommend it to others is the actual building itself. I have always been someone who is more into architecture than art and this museum just makes the point more abundant. From the second you walk up those outdoor stairs and into the main foyer, your mouth drops at the beauty within the city.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Even the basement, where you buy your tickets and store your belongings, is something to be marveled. One of the main draws of this home turned museum is the Winter Garden in the middle of the building. For being a place filled with stone, it really does have a warm feeling inside.

Interested in visiting?

It is 95 DKK (about $15) for adults, 50 DKK (about $8) if you are under 27 & FREE if you are under 18. Unlucky enough to no longer be younger than a teenager? On Tuesday’s EVERYONE get’s into Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek for FREE! Just don’t go on Monday, the lack of lines shows that it is closed. 

The museum is right next to Tivoli Gardens & a quick walk from the Central station. 

Have you been to Glyptotek? What is your favorite spot in Copenhagen? Where should we go next?

Let me know in the comments below!

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek by GirlMeetsDane

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