Copenhagen Light Festival – See the sun ignite at the Glyptotek

/ 09. February 2023
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

To celebrate the museum’s recently opened special exhibition Amarna – City of the Sun God, the dome of the Glyptotek will be bathed in sunny yellow light. As part of Copenhagen Light Festival 2023, on five Thursdays during January and February, the sun will glow above the museum’s Winter Garden.

The city of Amarna
In ancient Egypt, magic and animal deities played a crucial role in society. However, when the Pharaoh Akhenaten came to power, he did away with the ancient gods and ordained a totally new religion, in which Aten, the sun god, was the only deity permitted. Aten was portrayed as a sun disc with long rays.

The new cult led to major social upheaval, and the royal couple decided to move and build a new city – Amarna.

Amarna housed temples for the new god, palaces for the royal family, residential areas, workshops and burial grounds. The period featured a unique visual style, in which the sun was the major player. Following the death of Akhenaten, Amarna – barely 17 years old – was destroyed and abandoned, and Egypt turned its back on the religious reforms.

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The light installation
The light installation was specially designed for the Glyptotek by the internationally acclaimed lighting designer and head of lighting at the Tivoli Gardens, Jesper Kongshaug. It will be executed by Senja Ruohonen. The spectacle is a collaboration with Copenhagen Light Festival.

We would like to thank Copenhagen Light Festival for their help in realising the project, and Tivoli for lending lamps.

On 26 January, the sun will be ‘lit’ at 6.00 pm to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Amarna – City of the Sun God.

Price and tickets
You can experience the light installation either with a season ticket or with a regular museum entrance ticket.

Season ticket holders: Free
Adult: DKK 125
Under 27/Students: DKK 95.

Purchase a ticket in advance here to avoid queuing.

A ticket gives you free admission both to the entire Glyptotek and to Amarna – City of the Sun God.

Purchase your season ticket here and enjoy free admission to Glyptotek exhibitions and special prices for selected events.


The Glyptotek's exhibitions present artworks and cultural-historical objects.

Season Ticket

Buy your season ticket here and get free admission to an oasis in the middle of Copenhagen.


Enjoy a delicious lunch at Picnic overlooking the Glyptotek's beautiful Winter Garden.