10.000 objects from Classical Antiquity

The Collection of Antiquities is Thorvaldsen’s private collection of objects from the world of Classical Antiquity. The collection consists of around 10.000 objects, and contains everything from Egyptian amulets, Greek vases and Etruscan mirrors to Roman keys, coins and jewellery.

Thorvaldsen bought the objects in places such as local markets and from art dealers during his stay in Rome from 1797-1838.

Today, the Collection of Antiquities is exhibited as when the Museum opened in 1848, maintaining a unique museum situation. The guided tour gives a general presentation of the collection and the architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll’s arranging of it.