Design Museum Denmark
Wed: 11 AM to 9 PM
Definitely one of the best Copenhagen museums, this is an impressive collection of decorative arts in a former hospital backing on to tranquil lawns. Where else can you find blue-patterned drinking cups and tulip vases from the golden age of the Dutch and Danish guilds, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, embroidery, and avant-garde contemporary Danish design under the same roof? Scotland’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh is given floor space alongside an extensive lace collection and textile section, temporary exhibitions and the Design Studio, where kids can handle ceramics and other crafts. Bypass the lace and Chinese embroidery to concentrate on what Danes do best; create beautiful and useable designs. There is iconic cutlery made by Arne Jacobsen for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel (he subsequently decided he hated them), the Platypus Dish by Henning Koppel, Finn Juhl chairs, lots of functionalist furniture, and lighting by Verner Panton. Temporary exhibitions often include delicate jewelry by young local designers.