Danske Jødisk Museum (Danish Jewish Museum)
Tue to Fri: 1 PM to 4 PM
Sat, Sun: 12 PM to 5 PM
June-Aug (June 1 to August 31)
Tue to Sun: 10 AM to 5 PM
Designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind, who has drawn up plans for Ground Zero, this museum occupies the Royal Boat House of Christian IV, who invited the Sephardic Jews to Denmark from Portugal in 1622. The boathouse was subsequently enveloped in the Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library) when it was built in 1906. Tucked away in a corner of the Library’s ground, this little museum is worth a visit just to experience the startling slopes and angles of Libeskind’s extraordinary design, for the museum’s interior is as innovative as the exterior is traditional. The interconnecting wooden passageways tip at crazy angles, conflicting with the display cases, which point in all directions. The pod-like interconnecting museum sections represent the metaphorical relationship between the Danes and the Jews after they were helped to flee Denmark in WW2. It was opened in 2004 with a remit to tell the 400-year-old story of Jewish life in Copenhagen and does this remarkably well through a series of interactive and clearly labeled exhibits, including ornate Chanukah candlesticks and illuminated Torah manuscripts. There are also informative documentaries on a continual film loop. The tranquil, fountain-filled garden outside is a secret spot to take a few moments out.