Bertel Thorvaldsen (c.1770–1844) was born in Denmark but spent most of his working life as a much-praised neoclassical sculptor in Rome. In 1837 he returned to Copenhagen a wealthy man and bequeathed his art collection and many of his sculptures to the city. The collection is housed in an elegant neoclassic-influenced building designed by Gottlieb Bindesbøll and opened in 1848 on the site of the old Royal Coach House. The side facing Gammel Strand is decorated with scenes of Thorvaldsen’s triumphant return to Copenhagen–spot his contemporary Hans Christian Andersen raising his hat in welcome among the crowds! Inside the three-story museum is arranged around a courtyard containing Thorvaldsen’s grave and exhibits hundreds of busts, marble statues, and relief work, all neoclassical in style, along with paintings by an assortment of artists from religious to romantic. Although the collection is phenomenal, equally special is the intricate plasterwork and decoration covering the walls and ceiling of the interior of the museum. On the second floor, stand at the end of one of the long galleries to admire the blue ceiling and plaster work, the ornate marble floors and the sun flooding in on to the sculptures lining the walls. Magical.