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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

Book your own private guided tour. Enjoy a stroll through the museum’s beautiful rooms while selected masterpieces from the collections are presented by the Glyptotek’s specialists.

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

Booking and Prices
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

A private guided tour costs 975 DKK.
The price does not cover admission to the museum.

Admission should be paid for on arrival at the museum:

Adults: 115 DKK (including admission to any special exhibition)
Group ticket (10 people or more): 100 DKK pr. person
Under 27: 85 DKK (including any special exhibition)
Under 18: Free
Tuesdays: Free
Special exhibition on Tuesdays: 60 DKK

See below for all our guided tours for adults

High on Luxury – Lost Treasures from the Roman Empire

The year is 1830. In the French town of Berthouville a farmer is in the middle of ploughing his field when he suddenly strikes something quite unexpected. A hoard of Roman silver! Come and hear the story of the discovery of a total of 25 kg of silver in the form of costly drinking goblets, dishes, pitchers and statuettes. This illustrious service was used for banquets and later offered to the god Mercury by rich Romans living in Gaul (modern-day France) a good 2,000 years ago. Get close to the decadent feasting and cultural education of the wealthy Romans, when we decode the richly ornamented silver objects and bring their stories to life. And let yourself be seduced by sparkling luxury when we turn the lights on the ancient world’s treasures of precious metals, pearls and jewels.

Carl’s Grand Passion. The Highlights of the Museum

The story of the Glyptotek is inextricably bound up with brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen’s great passion for sculpture. Music, an almost naked marble woman playing a violin, was his first love. The adventure and the falling in love kept pace with Carl’s collecting activity. In 1888 he gifted his enormous collection of sculpture and other art to the Danish nation and sowed the seeds of the Glyptotek, which today contains a world class collection of sculpture from antiquity and ancient Egypt as well as French and Danish sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Later there came an impressive collection of French painting with such artists as Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin and Degas. We take you and your guests around the whole museum, focusing on the Glyptotek’s absolute highlights.

How It All Began. The Glyptotek’s Egyptian Collection

The Glyptotek’s founder, brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, also collected ancient Egyptian art and his first Egyptian acquisition was a beautifully decorated mummy case. Today the collection numbers more than 300 works which come from a period of more than 3,000 years. This long time span makes it possible to see both the development of Egyptian art and masterpieces from each period. From monumental sculpture to the world of the Egyptian gods and the magic hieroglyphs: and then, of course, the scary, yet fascinating mummies. Book your own private guided tour, where we dive down into the best of the best from the Glyptotek’s Egyptian collection.

Mand in Marble. The Glyptotek’ Collection of Antiquities

The Glyptotek’s founder, brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, made considerable purchases in ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Experience the great Greek philosophers, the beautiful Venus, Roman emperors and warlike Amazons. The Glyptotek’s collection of ancient sculpture is of an exceptionally high standard, and contains a range of masterpieces from the Greco-Roman world. The museum’s scholars have made path-breaking discoveries of traces of colour on a number of the sculptures, and on your guided tour you and your guests will gain an insight into the most up-to-date knowledge of the colourful sculptures of antiquity. Enjoy a private stroll through the beautiful rooms of the Glyptotek and experience the museum’s wonderful ancient masterpieces.

French Masterpieces

Experience masterpieces by Monet, Degas, van Gogh and Gauguin. The Glyptotek’s collection of French painting is a dazzling display of masterworks from the period starting in the mid 19th century and going up to the beginning of the 20th century. Book a stroll through the beautiful rooms of the Glyptotek, where you will also encounter brilliant sculpture by such masters as Carpeaux and Rodin.

The Danish Golden Age

The Glyptotek’s Collection of Danish Golden Age Art displays some of the best the country’s 19th century painters can present. Come with us back to Golden Age Copenhagen and meet Eckersberg and co. Learn about journeys to Italy, dreams of antiquity, open-air painting and life studies, and experience Danish art’s first great flourishing with all that that involved: idyllic everyday sketches, the self presentation of the bourgeoisie and Norse gods in Greek attire

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Private guided tours CHILDREN

Kidz only!
If you want to celebrate your birthday or do something quite special with your friends you can come with a guide around the museum and learn about mummy mysteries, watch cartoon strips on stone, write your name in hieroglyphs or go to hero-training with Hercules. Book a time and write to us so we can organise your activity together.

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

Booking and prices
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

A private guided tour costs 975 kr.
The price does not cover admission to the museum.

Admission should be paid for on arrival at the museum:

Adults: 115 DKK (including admission to any special exhibition)
Group ticket (10 people or more): 100 DKK
Under 27: 85 DKK (including any special exhibition)
Under 18: Free
Tuesdays: Free
Special exhibition on Tuesdays: 60 DKK

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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Exhibitions

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