Even those who normally think of museums as boring places where old things collect dust should consider visiting at least one while they are in Copenhagen; not only to escape the inclement weather on a cold and rainy day but also to have those preconceptions bust by some of the most modern, dynamic and hands-on museums in Europe. Many of them, like Thorvaldsens Museum and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, are housed in gorgeous old buildings stunning to visit for their own sake; others, like the Nationalmuseet and the Post & Tele Museum, offer the chance to let children loose in an educational and creatively stimulating environment.
Should you find yorself in Copenhagen in weather much too sunny to be spent inside a museum, take a day trip up to the Frilandsmuseet in Lyngby, the open air annex of the national museum, and let the children play among geese, goats and old mill buildings. Or roam around stately Christiansborg, home to the fascinating Teatermuseet housed in the 18th century Royal Court Theatre.
Copenhagen's most offbeat museum is perhaps the Medical Museion on Bredgade, a fascinating and diverse collection of medical curiosities, while city museum Kobenhavns Museum has boosted its profile, as well as its exhibits, from recent Metro line excavations.
Unlisted but worth a mention are Designmuseum Danmark and the Arbejdermuseet (Workers Museum); while the Royal Danish Arsenal, Tojhusmuseet, and its naval annex the Orlogsmuseet in Christianshavn are a must for fans of old weapons.