Visit The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø

Summer is coming up and we can definitely recommend taking a trip to the country mansion of Nysø in Southern Zealand where Thorvaldsen spent much of his time living the last six years of his life, from 1838 to 1844.


At Nysø Thorvaldsen executed a number of his last works. Several of these can today be seen at Nysø, where a small museum has been established in one of the side wings dedicated to Thorvaldsen and with its main emphasis on the works from the Nysø period.

The Stampe Family

Nysø is situated close to Præstø in Southern Zealand and was the place where Thorvaldsen sought refuge when he found himself surrounded by too much noise and fuss in Copenhagen. He was a close friend of the owners of the estate, Baron Henrik Stampe and his wife Christine Stampe, and the mansion soon became the sculptor’s second home. Baroness Stampe had a workshop set up in the main building and built a small studio for Thorvaldsen in the garden. This studio, which is reminiscent in style of a pavilion, is still in existence.
The Nysø Collection

The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø was established in 1926. It contains a number of unique clay models in addition to sculptures and drawings, most of which were made during Thorvaldsen’s final years. The collection owes its existence to Christine Stampe, who saved the models from destruction. It was normal for the clay to be re-used when a piece of sculpture had been cast in plaster, but Baroness Stampe saved the clay sketches from Thorvaldsen’s customary recycling by having them fired in the estate brickworks. The Nysø Collection also contains drawings by other artists of the Golden Age, who were visitors to Nysø during the same period.

Opening hours 2013

May 4 to June 23:
Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

June 27 to August 11:
Thursday – Saturday 12 pm – 4 pm

August 17 to September 1:
Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm


Adults DKK 30.
Groups DKK 25 per person.
Youths and children under 18: free.


Nysøvej 5, Præstø
The museum is situated in the east wing
of the estate farm.

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