Guided Tours

Meet and Eat with the Danes

Enjoy lunch with local Danes at the National Museum and soak up some Danish culture.

Every Tuesday in July tables will be decked with traditional red-and-white checked tablecloths for a communal lunch in the museum’s historical palace courtyard. Here you will meet a Dane, who will share their personal story while you eat Danish hot dogs and soak up some Danish culture.

Danish cultural heritage is so much more than art treasures and dramatic historical events. To really get Denmark you have to meet the people who are part of that history. Which is why the National Museum has decided to make it possible for people visiting Copenhagen to meet city locals.

Meet Real Danes
Before lunch we’ll take you on our ‘Meet the Danes’ tour – giving you unique insight into Danish history, lifestyles and culture. Your guide will be a young Dane who will take you through Denmark’s welfare state, Danish ‘hygge’ culture, and not least their own personal history in Denmark. How come there are so many cycles in Denmark? How come Danes feel safe leaving their babies sleeping in prams outside cafés? Are Danes as broad-minded as they claim? And are they really among the happiest people in the world? These are the questions you’ll be able to find answers to on your guided tour of the National Museum – questions you can also ask your Danish host more about as you enjoy lunch together.

Practical information
Time and place: Every Tuesday in July from 10:00-14:00 at the National Museum.
Tickets cost 300 DKK for museum entrance, your guided tour and lunch (Tickets will soon be available).

Meet The Vikings

Join a guided tour through the new exhibition "Meet the Vikings" and explore the greatest treasures of the Viking Age.

In this new exhibition the designer Jim Lyngvild invites us into the world of warriors, shields maidens, seers and berserkers. Lyngvilds viking fascination is part of a long tradition in Denmark, but the "viking hype" has long exceeded the boundaries of Scandinavia and is found all around us, from viking markets to international television series.

But what do we actually know about the Viking Age? What is myth and what is reality and where are the boundaries between fact and fiction?

Please note: The guided tour is not included in the regular admission ticket.
Price: DKK 50

Guided tour:

March, April, May, September, October, November and December
Saturday and Sunday 15:00-16:00.

June, July og August
Every day 11:00-12:00 and 15:00-16:00

Buy your ticket here

Meet The Danes

Free tour included in regular admission ticket

January - May: Saturday - Sunday at 10.30 and 12.00
June - August: Daily at 11.30, 13.00 and 15.30.
September: Saturday - Sunday at 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30

October - December: Saturday - Sunday at 10.30 and 12.00
Please note: The maximum number of participants per tour is 25 ( first come first served)

Get a local’s personal view on Danish cosiness, happiness and life-work balance. A close encounter with the Danes and Danish lifestyle.

Are Danes really the happiest people in the world? How does the Danish royal family manage to be so popular? Why are there so many cycles in Denmark? Why on earth do Danes think it’s safe to leave their babies sleeping in prams on the street while they are in a café? What is that famous Danish liberal-mindedness all about? At the National Museum in the heart of Copenhagen you can now get a unique insider’s view of the Danes, Danish society, and the values that have shaped the country.

Join a free guided tour
Take a guided tour of Denmark’s oldest museum. Your guide is a young Dane who will base your tour on who they are, their family, and their own personal experience. You will hear about the Danish welfare state, Danish ‘hygge’ (cosiness), and maybe discover whether Danes really are the happiest people in the world. The tour you have depends on the guide you meet, so each guided tour is unique. You are welcome to ask all the questions you want to learn everything you need to know about Danish history, lifestyle and culture.

On the tour you visit a world of doll’s houses, the perfect setting for the story of a small country in the wider world. You get to go right inside a Danish living room, packed with that famous Danish ‘hygge’. You can also look inside the pram Danes feel perfectly comfortable leaving on the streets, baby and all. You get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘the happiest people in the world’ with a genuine hash stall from the free state of Christiania, and can also hear about the vast consumption of anti-depressants in the country. Last but not least, you can hear the story of Nadia Nadim and why she was Dane of the Year in 2017.

General information 

  • The guided tour ‘Meet the Danes’ is free with a ticket to the National Museum.
  • Guided tours are held daily during July at 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30. In August Saturday-Sunday at 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30


Visit the Victorian Home

Saturdays at 2 p.m. from June to September.

Experience the Victorian Home - a hidden gem in Copenhagen close to the National Museum.
Read more about guided tours in the Victorian Home.

Price: Adult 95 DKK, child (ages 18+) 50 DKK.

Tickets are for sale at the information desk, located at the National Museum's entrance.

Custom guided tours

Companies and private groups can book a guided tour at the National Museum. We can tailor a guided tour to suit your own wishes. A guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes and can take 28 people.

Guided tours for companies and private groups must be booked at least a week in advance and any cancellations or changes to your booking must be made no later than one week in advance.

Price: 975 DKK on weekdays (+ entrence fee 95 DKK/person)

Guided tours can be arranged outside opening hours, but an additional charge of 1200 DKK will be charged to you.

Booking office information:
Phone: (+45) 41 20 60 66 / E-mail:

We always welcome your call should you need any help or advice.

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