Free guided tours

Ever since brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen opened the Glyptotek in 1897, there has been a tradition of meeting the museum’s visitors with guided tours given by dedicated art and academic specialists.

The Glyptoteket has free guided tours, at specific dates and times, and for which anyone can sign up.
See our free guided tours here

There are a limited number of tickets for the free tours.
Tickets can not be pre-ordered but picked up in ticket sales on the day.
There will be a maximum of two tickets per. person.

Private guided tours - adults

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the museum’s beautiful rooms, while selected masterpieces from the collection are presented by the Glyptotek’s academic specialists.

Duration of tour: 45-60 min.
Number: max. 30 persons.

Booking and prices
Private guided tours should be booked at least 14 days in advance.
Call 3341 8118 between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. or send a mail to omvisning@glyptoteket.dk

The price of a private guided tour is DKK 975
Prices do not include admission to the museum.

See all our tours for adults below.

Pharaoh – the Face of Power (a guided tour of the special exhibition)

What does the face of power really look like? In the Glyptotek’s special exhibition “Pharaoh – the Face of Power” we take a closer look at the personification of power in Egypt in the period of the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000-1800 BC.). Taking as a point of departure the iconic, and possibly the first naturalistic pharaonic portrait, that of Pharaoh Amenemhat III – also known as “The Black Head of a King” – we explore what lies behind those serious portraits in the exhibition. What role did Pharaoh play in Ancient Egyptian society?  And what did the ordinary Egyptian think about living in Pharaoh’s Land?

Carl’s Great Passion

The story of the Glyptotek is inextricably bound up with brewer Carl Jacobsen’s tremendous love of sculpture.  La Musique – a marble figure of a nearly nude woman playing a violin – was his first love. The adventure and the fallings-into-love gathered momentum with Carl’s collecting activity. In 1888 he gifted his enormous collection of sculpture and other visual art to the Danish nation and sowed the seeds of what became the Glyptotek, which today contains a world-class collection of sculpture from Classical and Egyptian antiquity, as well as French and Danish sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The guided tour takes you round the entire museum, focusing in particular on the Glyptotek’s absolute highlights.

Antiquity in Colour

Antiquity was white – marble white! For centuries this conception completely underpinned the story of the origin of Western Culture. But actually the sculpture and architecture of the ancient world were far from white. This guided tour gives a thorough insight into the world of colours which is nevertheless concealed behind the notion of white marble. Through a carefully planned collaboration between sculptor and painter, the sculpture came to life in a way which will surprise and impress most people. Come right up close to a colourful world of sculpture and architecture – from microscopic traces to fantastic reconstructions.

Dismembered and Beautiful. Antiquity Restored

Faces without noses and bodies missing arms and legs. That is how we are accustomed to view the sculpture of the ancient world, after they’ve been subjected to the wear and depredations of millennia. Even so, they often appear to be in better condition than when they were discovered by archaeologists. Get closer to the restoration work, which is often far more extensive than what the sculpture reveals at first glance. On the tour we get close to some of the principal works in the Glyptotek’s collection of ancient sculpture, and we will also investigate what significance the earlier history of the sculptures and the changing attitudes to restoration have had for their present appearance.

From Block to Body. French and Danish Sculpture

Take a stroll through the Glyptotek’s unparalleled collection of Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries, and feast your eyes on masterpieces by the French Salon artists, by the pioneer Rodin, as well as the great Danish masters such as Bissen and Jerichau. Learn how the human body in marble and bronze reveals artistic ambitions and dreams of how to subjugate the material and transform the block of raw stone into daring forms and dramatic creations. At the same time, sculpture celebrates the diverse narratives of the human being. Here are the young lovers, the fighters, and those who are weighed down by personal grief, or filled with euphoria. In the artist’s hands the material is transformed into living representations in which we find ourselves reflected.

French Painting Rehung

The Glyptotek’s collection of French art from the 19th century has undergone a thorough transformation. Well-known masterpieces and rarely seen works from the museum’s storage magazines are presented in reverse chronological order. The collection stretches over one of the most hectic periods of art history; from the abstract colour experiments of the 1920s by way of the dramatic breakthrough of the Impressionists and back to the 1820s’ landscape studies, portraits and history painting. Take a backward glance in history and get an insight into the collection’s masterpieces in relation to time, development and innovation.

The Meaning and Significance of Hieroglyphs

Egyptian hieroglyphic writing was built up of a long series of various signs from everyday life – such as a bowl, a fish, a man etc. In addition each sign had its own sound. Only a few Egyptians could read and write, just as only a few ever needed it. Come and learn more about the complicated hieroglyphs which it is possible today to decipher thanks to the considerable input of various scholars.

Roman Egypt

This tour focuses closely on the period in the history of Ancient Egypt when the country was under the rule of the mighty Roman Empire. We take a close look at a particularly well-preserved Roman mummy, swathed in mummy bandages and adorned with a true-to-life portrait, and we lift the veil on the examinations of which it has been the subject over the last 100 years. Through detailed study of other mummies we examine the similarities and differences, but also the influences between the Egyptian and Roman societies.

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Private guided tours - children

The sculpture and paintings of the Glyptotek are filled with fascinating tales. Together we will awake the art to life and make it reveal funny and murderous stories. Let the magic hieroglyphs and mummies accompany a children’s birthday or invite the playgroup to a sculpture dance in the beautiful rooms of the Glyptotek.

Duration of tour: 45-60 min.
Number: max. 30 persons.

Booking and prices
Private guided tours should be booked at least 14 days in advance.
Call 3341 8118 between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. or send a mail to omvisning@glyptoteket.dk

The price of a private guided tour is DKK 975
Prices do not include admission to the museum.

See all our guided tours for children below.

Training for Heroes. Learn from the Heroes and Gods of the Ancient World

Zeus was the supreme god and at his side was his wife, Hera. But who was the Goddess of Love? And what was all that about Hercules and his impressive battles with monsters and wild animals? Come on a breathless journey through the Glyptotek’s collection of antiquities filled with tales of war, love, jealousy and heroics.

Comic Series in Stone

Have you ever read a comic series cut in stone? Carl Jacobsen, who founded the Glyptotek, collected many things from Ancient Greece and Rome. Among these were Roman sarcophagi, which are great stone chests in which to bury the dead. The sarcophagi were decorated with picture narratives from the Greek and Roman world. But how do you go about telling good stories without words – and in stone too? Let’s go together on a journey of discovery in the comic strips of the ancient world. N.B. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 children. In the course of the tour the children can draw sketches of the details of the sarcophagi.

The World of Mummies

Come on a tour through the Ancient Egyptians’ Kingdom of the Dead and learn about mummies, embalming and burial in Ancient Egypt. Before we enter the Kingdom of the Dead we look more closely at why the Ancient Egyptians thought it was so important to mummify the dead.

Mighty Pharaoh

In Ancient Egypt Pharaoh was the closest one could come to a god. He caused the building of gigantic pyramids and impressive temples with numerous statues of himself and the gods. Come and learn about some of the many pharaohs, one of whom had more than 100 children. Another pharaoh had no liking for the old gods, while a third was particularly fond of the crocodile god. And he built an enormous temple to himself and the crocodile god with so many rooms that it was called a labyrinth (another name for maze). We’ll have a look at the statues and talk about what it was like to be Pharaoh of Egypt.

Sculptural Moves

The Glyptotek’s sculptures are made of hard stone, set plaster or bronze – in any case they are full of movement. Together we can imitate sculptural movements, both funny and dramatic. You don’t need to be able to dance, but you should be good at using your eyes and be ready to copy the movements of the sculpture, from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes. At the same time we will explore what the movements tell us. For instance, why is the back bowed and the muscles tensed? And how is a sculpture dynamic, rhythmic or static?

Like, Wild! A Museum Safari

Have you ever come across a deadly bronze tiger devouring an Asian crocodile? Come on a museum safari, where we can sneak in among dangerous animals you’ll recognise and some curious creatures we can guarantee you’ve never seen before. We’ll go on a journey of discovery into the life-like details of the sculpture and learn about how the artist studied the untamed, wild animals in front of the cages in the zoo so as to be able to go back and create them in his studio. Admittedly the Glyptotek’s animals are made of marble, bronze or plaster, but if you listen carefully, you can hear them roar, smack their lips and growl.

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