The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum of international standing situated in central Copenhagen, next to the Tivoli Gardens. It houses rich and diverse collections in its two main departments, one of which is devoted to ancient art of the Mediterranean area, the other to French and Danish art of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The museum was named after Ny Carlsberg, the brewery owned by the founder, brewer Carl Jacobsen (1842 -1914). He added the word Glyptotek, ’a collection of sculpture’, to indicate the pride of place taken by that art form and in recognition of his debt to the older namesake, the Glyptothek in Munich.
Originally one of the largest private art collections of its time, the Glyptotek was donated to the public by Carl Jacobsen by deeds of gift in 1888 and 1899. He subsequently established the Ny Carlsberg Foundation, in 1902, to ensure the financial well-being of the museum. Thanks to this arrangement, the profits from the famous Carlsberg Breweries still contribute today to the maintenance and enrichment of the Glyptotek. Since 1954, the museum has been an independent institution supported not only by the Foundation, but by the City of Copenhagen and the Danish State as well.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Besides high technology protection and coherent presentation of the collection, Henning Larsen’s French Wing has a final, vital thing to offer: Architecture of the highest quality. This is of the essence in the Glyptotek, where the physical setting for the works of art is a major contributing factor in making the museum a unique visual experience. Invisible from the outside as well as from inside the older buildings, the extension introduces late 20th century Danish architecture, enriching and rounding off the century that has passed since the opening of Dahlerup’s building in 1897.
Adults: DKK 75
Children under 18: free admission
For groups of 10 people or more: DKK 50 per person
Sunday: free admission
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