The Prince's Mansion in Copenhagen. Home of the National Museum of Denmark
|Former name||Det Kongelige Kunstkammer|
|Location||Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, |
|Founder||Christian Jürgensen Thomsen|
|Owner||State of Denmark|
The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike. The museum's main building is located a short distance from Strøget at the center of Copenhagen. It contains exhibits from around the world, from Greenland to South America. Additionally, the museum sponsors SILA - The Greenland Research Center at the National Museum of Denmark to further archaeological and anthropological research in Greenland.
The museum has a number of national commitments, particularly within the following key areas: archaeology, ethnology, numismatics, ethnography, natural science, conservation, communication, building antiquarian activities in connection with the churches of Denmark, as well as the handling of the Danefæ (the National Treasures).
The museum covers 14,000 years of Danish history, from the reindeer-hunters of the Ice Age, Vikings, and works of religious art from the Middle Ages, when the church was highly significant in Danish life. Danish coins from Viking times to the present and coins from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as examples of the coinage and currencies of other cultures, are exhibited also. The National Museum keeps Denmark’s largest and most varied collection of objects from the ancient cultures of Greece and Italy, the Near East and Egypt. For example, it holds a collection of objects that were retrieved during the Danish excavation of Tell Shemshara in Iraq in 1957.
Exhibits are also shown on who the Danish people are and were, stories of everyday life and special occasions, stories of the Danish state and nation, but most of all stories of different people’s lives in Denmark from 1560 to 2000.
The Danish pre-history section was re-opened in May 2008 after years of renovating.
Copies of the two golden horns of Gallehus from around the 4th century
The Veksø helmets - bronze Age horned helmets from Brøns Mose at Veksø on Zealand, Denmark
Gundestrupkarret (the Gundestrup cauldron), dating from the 1st century BC
The Trundholm Sun Chariot, an important late Nordic Bronze Age artifact
Nivisarsiaq, a painting of a Greenlandic girl who came to Denmark in the mid 18th century
The Egtved Girl coffin from the late Nordic Bronze Age
Exhibit of an aurochs skeleton
The golden altar of Lisbjerg Church built c. 1125-1150
Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark is the title of the museum's yearbook which has been published since 1928 and contains articles and other contributions. ISSN 0084-9308
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