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SMK (National Gallery of Denmark)

In various ways, a visit to the SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst, literally ‘The National Museum of Art’) is a voyage back to the Danish Golden Age.



Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 København K

Time to see

2 hrs



Even as you approach it through the beautiful museum garden, you’ll be captivated by the sight of the impressive museum building.

The building was constructed in 1896, when the national art collection was made homeless following the fire that destroyed Christiansborg. Today, it brings together over 700 years of art history under its roof. At SMK you’ll find not only outstanding Danish art, but also some of the biggest international names in art like Picasso and Matisse. However, the museum offers something more than a journey back in time. Behind the classical façade is the elegant addition dating from 1998, where the focus is modern art, including the latest contemporary art. SMK has just added a new café run by the restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe, and has a well-stocked shop containing a large selection of art books, design, posters and gifts.

Getting there SMK is centrally located, and is within walking distance of Nørreport Station. It also stands in physical continuation of such other first-class attractions as the adjacent Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle.