Statens Museum for Kunst – The National Gallery of Denmark



WEBSITE: https://www.smk.dk| ADDRESS: Sølvgade 48-50| OPENING HOURS: 10:00 - 18:00 | EXPECTED PRICE: 95DKK | ACCESS VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT: bus 6a and 23| EXPECTED DURATION: 2-3 hours | SUITABLE FOR GROUPS: yes | WEATHER: "Not dependent"| COVID-19 FRIENDLY: Yes


The National Gallery of Denmark is one of the largest museums in Denmark, why the museum got its name for Denmark’s main museum. According to SMK, they have a responsibility to use their size both to facilitate large art exhibitions with international and well-known artists, whilst fostering the new art scene of Denmark, where new names can be seen by the large audiences of SMK.

SMK is in possession of Denmark’s largest art collection, which entails up to 260,000 pieces (SMK, 2021). Their ambition is to become a museum, that is valued by everyone. They aspire to have customers from everywhere of the world, who all share different approaches to art. Their vision is to deliver experiences to all their customer segments, despite having a lot or little to no experience with the artistical scene.


Originally, SMK was a private property of the Danish royalty, but following the introduction of democracy in the mid-1800s, the museum went from private to public. However, following the ambition of SMK, they only want to show specific and narrow pieces of art in periods, to ensure the customers are not over-exposed to new impressions. Therefore, there is are several exhibitions during a month, and each experience at SMK will differ depending on your visit. With more than 390,000 yearly visitors, the museum has received several positive reviews, and is often used as a recommendation when visiting Denmark.






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