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  • Writer's pictureRosanne Knorr

Discover the Glyptotek

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Who hasn’t heard of the Louvre, the Prado, the British Museum? But the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek? I didn’t even know it existed much less how to pronounce it. I won’t forget it now.

In wandering Copenhagen, I couldn’t miss billboards promoting an Impressionist exhibit there and my guidebook made it sound promising. I hadn’t passed up the Carlsberg Brewery tour, of course. (Recommended!) And it turns out that all that Carlsberg beer made the brewery founder’s son, Carl Jacobsen, a very rich art collector and very philanthropic, resulting in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

It’s my kind of museum. Cozy and impressive, massive but manageable with art enough to please every taste from Roman through French Impressionists, sculptures and Danish painters.

The Winter Garden

The Winter Garden’s light-filled space combines large palms (yes, in Denmark!) and sculptures with a simple café overlooking it at one side. By the time you wander through galleries filled with art and archaeological items from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as Danish and French art of the 19th century it's a welcome spot to rest, savor a smørrebrød, and enjoy the view.

Winter Garden from the cafe

Thinking that I’d seen everything, walked out. Waiting at the bus stop, I looked toward the side of the building, illustrated with the same billboard design advertising their French Impressionist exhibit. How could I have missed that? Easily, it seems. I’d been absorbed by so much else in the main building that I'd never noticed there are three connected wings. The door to access one was hidden at the far end of the Winter Garden. It was devoted to Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and more. It doesn't replace Paris' Musée d'Orsay for sheer quantity of Impressionists but up close 'n personal, it's a treat. And discovered how much I like Rousseau.

If you’re in Copenhagen, don’t miss the Glyptotek. Oh, yes, and that’s Gleep-toe-tek.

Currently 115 DKK adults (about $17); discounts for students and children; free on Tuesdays (not including special exhibits)

Incredible Roman tiles under skylights

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