Thorvaldsens Museum

A purpose-built gallery responding to the studio of Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), and a rare Neo-Classical sculpture collection.

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  • Guided Tours
  • Education program for children

The Danish Neo-Classical sculptor Thorvaldsen spent forty years in Rome before returning to his native Copenhagen in 1838. His return, with his sculptures in train, is commemorated in a frieze running around the outside of the Thorvaldsens Museum, which was designed and built by Gottlieb Bindes­bøll (1800-1856) and opened in 1848. The first public museum building in Denmark, Thorvaldsens Museum arose out of Thorvaldsen's decision to leave his library, correspondence, drawings, casts and collections to the Danish nation. The museum building responds architecturally to Thorvaldsen's sculpture studio, and specifically seeks to replicate the flow of light through the space. Thorvaldsen himself was closely involved with the project, and was buried here at his death in 1844.

Under the terms of the original gift, nothing can be added or removed to the collection, and, as a result, Thorvaldsens Museum stands not just as a testament to Thorvaldsen's own sculptural work, but also as a rare extant example of a Neo-Classical sculpture collection as it was used for artistic reference. Pieces on display include Greek and Roman sculptural fragments, contemporaneous works and Thorvaldsen's own drawings and sketches.

More about Thorvaldsens Museum

  • A new open-access digital archive of Thorvaldsen's correspondence, introduced by Kira Kofoed,, art historian and scientific researcher at the Thorvaldsens Museum.
  • Charlotte Ashby on the Nordic artist as 'national hero'.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm

Closed on Mondays

Closed 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January

Admission prices:

DKK 70 Adults

50 SEK Concessions

Children up to 18 years go free

Accurate as of September 2018



+45 33 32 15 32

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