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The ruins under Christiansborg Palace constitute a museum. They are the remains of Bishop Absalon's Castle and Copenhagen Castle which, hundreds of years ago, occupied the site where Christiansborg Palace stands today.
At the Christiansborg Palace Riding Ground (Ridebanen), above the stables, King Christian VII established a Court Theatre in 1766-67, which today houses a Theatre Museum. The collections at the museum illustrate the history of Danish-language theatre from the 18th century up to the present and include paintings, drawings, engravings, photos, costumes and many other items from the world of the theatre.
The Royal Stables and Carriages Museum is located at Christiansborg Palace Riding Ground. The museum contains a collection of royal state coaches and lighter, more modern types of carriage. The collection of vehicles gives an impression of the art of royal and luxurious coach building in Denmark from the middle of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century. Today, the Royal Stables also house 20 horses that are ridden or driven in harness at the Riding Ground every day.
The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum is located in King Christian IV's old arsenal, which was built in 1604 to store weapons. Today, it is a cultural and historical specialist museum that illustrates the history of Danish defence. Thousands of weapons, armour and other military objects, dating from the Middle Ages up to the present, are on display in the enormous exhibition rooms.
Thorvaldsen's Museum is located north of Christiansborg Palace. Dating back to 1848, it is the oldest museum building in Denmark. The museum contains almost all of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's original models of the sculptures he created for a number of European countries. In addition, a large selection of Thorvaldsen's drawings and sketches are on display, as well as his comprehensive personal art collection.
The Danish Jewish Museum is located at the Royal Boat House (or ‘Galejhuset’ in Danish) in the Royal Library. The museum’s collection tells the story of Jewish life in Denmark throughout 400 years. The interior of the museum has been created by the celebrated architect, Daniel Libeskind. To learn more about the museums, please click the links on the right.
Anita May Jayasinghe