What can you experience at the museum?

Nowhere else in the world can you experience all the works of art by the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) than at Thorvaldsens Museum.

Self portrait by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Self portrait by Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Thorvaldsens Museum opened on 18 September 1848 and was the first public museum building in Denmark. The characteristic museum building was built to exhibit the extensive life’s work of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and today still looks more or less as it did when it opened over 150 years ago.

Thorvaldsens Museum also contains Thorvaldsen's drawings and sketches for sculptures and reliefs. In addition Thorvaldsen was a passionate collector, so the museum also exhibits his extensive collections of paintings from his own time and collections of artworks and objects from Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquity. The museum also shows changing exhibitions that go into greater depth with aspects of the permanent collections, including contemporary art.

Thorvaldsen was an international star in his time, and on the roof of the museum the goddess of victory drives her team of four and expresses the fame that Thor­valdsen achieved with his art.
Thorvaldsen was an international star in his time, and on the roof of the museum the goddess of victory drives her team of four and expresses the fame that Thor­valdsen achieved with his art.

In the menu above you can read more about Thorvaldsen, the exterior and interior architecture of the museum – and why the plaster sculptures look so grimy.