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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of our favourite things to do in Copenhagen. It is one of those places you can visit time and time again, no matter what the season, and discover something new each time. In fact it is the most visited museum in Denmark so we are not the only ones who love it!

For a start the location is fabulous. Located in Humlebæk around 40 km north of Copenhagen it is set in beautiful grounds overlooking the Øresund and the Swedish coast. The iconic 1950s buildings are a major work of Danish modernist architecture, with large picture windows that really bring the outside in, and that are in harmony with the environment. The grounds surrounding the museum are part of the beauty of this place so make sure you allow enough time to explore the outside as well as the indoor galleries. We also recommend a visit to the café for lunch or a snack. It isn’t the cheapest place to eat, but the view is outstanding and the quality of the food is excellent.

Collections and Exhibitions

The museum is home to some 4,000 works and hosts a variety of amazing modern art exhibitions and installations. You can always check the Louisiana website to see what exhibitions are on when you are visiting. It is also perhaps most famously home to the wonderful Giacometti Gallery where you can view the works and sculptures of Swiss born Alberto Giacometti. The two floored gallery has rooms which are beautiful in themselves, with full length glass windows, creating awe inspiring views and wonderful natural lighting. The collections also include works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg to name just a few.

Giacometti Gallery
The Giacometti Gallery, photo creditLouisiana Museum of Modern Art

If you are visiting the museum with children then don’t miss out on the three storey Children’s Wing where they host workshops each day.

The Children’s Wing, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Children’s Wing, photo credit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Sculpture Park

Louisiana’s Sculpture Park is a series of hidden winding paths followed by panoramic views and beautiful sculptures by artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Arp and Henry Moore. The grounds were originally developed by the landscape architects Ole and Edith Norgaard and more recently have been overseen by Lea Norgaard and Vibeke Holscher. Between them they have created a calming atmosphere where the secluded garden rooms sit perfectly alongside the architecture of the buildings.

The Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park, photo credit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Lake Garden is also worth a visit. A beautiful and peaceful area of the gardens, it is located near to the Children’s Wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and is another fantastic example of how architecture, nature and art can sit together in harmony.

Louisiana Music

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has a concert hall which is architecturally designed with acoustics in mind. The concert hall and other locations in the museum are used for various musical events as well as debates and lectures.

To find out more check out their website music.louisiana.dk

Louisiana Literature

Each summer the museum plays host to an international literature festival, Louisiana Literature which celebrates the works of about 40 writers from around the globe. Their work is celebrated through readings, performances, songs and discussions which are located in various locations throughout the museum.

The museum has always forged strong links with writers as well as artists and architects. In the past it has hosted meetings for dissident writers from Eastern Europe, as well as hosting an appearance by Salman Rushdie who was living under cover at the time.

Louisiana Channel

In November 2012, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art launched Louisiana Channel, which is a non-profit TV web channel. Its aim is to promote and share the works and ideas surrounding art, literature, music, architecture, design and culture. If you are thinking of making a career in one of these fields we recommend checking out their series of videos on Advice for the Young.

Café and the Friday Lounge

Café and the Friday Lounge, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana Café, photo credit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

One of the attractions of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is the Café which offers visitors a fantastic selection of fresh seasonal produce with a menu that changes every week. In the summer months you can also sit and eat outside on the Calder Terrace with its fantastic views over the Øresund, but make sure you arrive early if you want to get the best tables. Parties over eight can book a table from Tuesdays through to Fridays until 6pm (except when the Friday Lounge is operating). Call +45 49 19 07 19 to make a reservation. If you wish to bring your own food to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art you are allowed to eat outside in the gardens, but large picnic gatherings are not permitted.

The Calder Terrace, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Calder Terrace, photo credit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

One of the cool things to do is to visit the café on selected Friday evenings, when they run a session called the ‘Friday Lounge’. These are informal evenings with live musical performances in the café or just outside. The Friday Lounge is free for visitors to the museum, but be aware these evenings are very popular so we recommend you arrive in good time to enjoy this intimate atmosphere.

Louisiana Shop

The Louisiana Shop isn’t any ordinary museum shop but has a vision to be one of the best design shops in Denmark and the best museum shop in the world. Alongside a great collection of books on artists, art and architecture you will find a fantastic collection of Danish and Scandinavian designed products. The products on sale vary with each season and with the various exhibitions taking place in the museum. The Louisiana Shop has turned into a successful venture and is now a popular retail destination in its own right.

In 2016 the Louisiana Shop was awarded the Leading Cultural Destinations (LCD) Award for the Best Museum Shop of the Year.

Louisiana Shop, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Louisiana Shop, photo credit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Visitor Information

  • Opening hours:
    Monday – closed
    Tuesday to Friday - 11am to 10pm
    Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 6pm
  • Address: Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark Telephone: +45 49 19 07 19
  • Website: www.louisiana.dk

Travelling

If you are travelling from Copenhagen we recommend catching the train from Copenhagen Central Station to Humlebæk Station. The train line is part of the Sound Coastal Route which runs up the east coast to Helsingør. Here you can get a ferry across the sound to Helsingborg in Sweden if you are interested in travelling further afield! The trains run every 20 minutes and take just over half an hour along this scenic route. It is then a ten minute walk from the station. You can even purchase a ticket called the ‘Around the Sound’ which is valid for 48 hours and allows you to hop on and off the train if you are planning to visit other Copenhagen attractions or make the ferry crossing to Sweden.
If you are travelling by car there is parking at the museum as well as additional parking at the Humlebæk Centre which is a ten minute walk.

Tickets

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of the more popular Copenhagen sights and as such it does get very busy. Under 18s are free and if you have purchased a ticket already you can avoid the summer queues. We recommend buying tickets in advance online, alternative it might be worth considering a Copenhagen Card which gives you free travel on public transport and gets you access to 79 museums and attractions. It is priced on the number of hours you purchase the card for and will also help you to avoid any queues.

Accommodation

If you are looking to visit Denmark and the Copenhagen area, including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, then our Living Suites apartment hotel in Nærum is the ideal location. We are based just 17 km north of Copenhagen which is perfect for visiting both Copenhagen city, as well as the North Zealand area, with all of its attractions.


We have a range of fantastic, brand new apartments which are larger than the average Copenhagen hotel room and give you a real ‘home from home’ experience. You even get your own balcony and fitted kitchen – perfect for couples, families or small groups.
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