Thorvaldsen's Museum houses the work of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Denmark’s most famous sculptor
In 1838, Thorvaldsen bequeathed both his work and his art collections to his home city Copenhagen that dedicated an entire museum building to his work. Thorvaldsen Museum opened in 1848 and it was the country’s first public museum. The museum’s architecture and the exhibited sculptures play beautifully together, and the colorful and richly decorated rooms are a very special experience.
Sculptures in plaster and marble
The museum consists of 900 of Thorvaldsen’s own works – sculptures and reliefs in plaster and marble and designed and modeled sketches for sculptures. Most images are taken from Greek and Roman mythology – but there are also a large number of portrait busts and sculptures of European civilians, ecclesiastical and royalty, all ordered their portrait by the famous sculptor. The museum also holds Thorvaldsen’s collection of Danish and European paintings and his antique collection with marble sculptures, vases, coins and more from Egypt, Greece and Italy.
A building full of surprises
The characteristic and colorful museum building is an experience in itself. On the museum’s facade you see Jørgen Sonne’s pictorial history of Thorvaldsen’s return from Rome to Copenhagen in 1838, where he was received as a hero. The museum’s interior is cozy and characterized by colorful ceiling decorations and mosaic floors – which is why it is also very popular among artists who are inspired by both the sculptures and colorful rooms, and even children can get a great experience out of wondering around among the impressive giant figures.