Between 1892-1916, Willhelm Hansen and his wife established one of Northern Europe’s most considerable collections of Danish and French art. They willed their villa and its contents to the Danish state, and it became the Ordrupgaard Museum. Today the museum, which has a building extension designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, houses one of Northern Europe’s most considerable collections of Danish and French art from this time period. Between the museum’s permanent collection, its changing special exhibitions, the home of renowned architect/designer Finn Juhl and its collection of modernist art, a sculpture park (Art Park Ordrupgaard), a cafe and a nearby restaurant, you can easily spend an entire day here on a nice break from the bustle of the city.
Ordrupgaard Museum is housed inside a mansion on expansive surrounding grounds, so you can explore the park and neighboring forest after visiting the exhibits. Because it’s not easily accessible from the city by public transport (first by train, then by suburban bus), a popular way to visit the museum is on a day tour from Copenhagen.
Insider’s Tip: Students visit for free after 5pm on Wednesdays.
Ordrupgaard is located about 5 miles (8km) from the center of Copenhagen. To reach it by public transit, take the S-train to Klampenborg or Lyngby Station, and then take bus 388 to Vilvordevej. It is a 2-minute walk from there to the museum.