Travel Diaries: Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen

The Glyptotek is a museum founded by brewing magnate, Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), who committed his life to Copenhagen and its decoration. Above all, he was a passionate art collector and a patron of the arts. He wanted to enrich his people with art of international stature and also believed that works of art should speak directly to the individual visitor. For this reason, he chose to call his collection the Glyptotek which means a repository for sculpture.

We spent an entire day at this breathtakingly beautiful museum, an architectural work of art, looking at its collections of Roman, Danish and French art where works by Rodin, Degas and Thorvaldsen captivated us. We also caught the special exhibitions of Man Ray (Human Equations) and From Block To Body - where the best of the best French and Danish sculptures from 1800 - 1950, which were not only stunning but sensual, was on show.

The Chair by Hans Wegner.

The Chair by Hans Wegner.

As one of only four museums in the world, the Glyptotek has the complete collection of Degas’ studies of horses, bathing women and ballet dancers, executed in bronze.

As one of only four museums in the world, the Glyptotek has the complete collection of Degas’ studies of horses, bathing women and ballet dancers, executed in bronze.

The Winter Garden which also houses Café Glyptoteket, that serves a light and wide selection of lunch dishes and cakes made with organic and sustainable ingredients prepared for you as soon as the orders have been taken.

The Winter Garden which also houses Café Glyptoteket, that serves a light and wide selection of lunch dishes and cakes made with organic and sustainable ingredients prepared for you as soon as the orders have been taken.

The open salmon sandwich...we are still salivating thinking about it.

The open salmon sandwich...we are still salivating thinking about it.

If you are in Copenhagen, we recommend spending at least half a day here.

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Photography by Tawan Conchonnet

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