Davids Samling (The David Collection)

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Davids Samling (The David Collection)

Davids Samling (The David Collection)
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
How to get there
  • Kongens Nytorv • 8 min walk
  • Nørreport • 9 min walk
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md1mm
Sheffield, UK1,400 contributions
Excellent but the Hammershois are in Japan
Jan 2020
This is an excellent little museum close to the National Gallery. I love coming here when in Copenhagen. They have a great collection of paintings by Vilhelm Hammershoi but unfortunately they have just lent them to an exhibition to Japan. They only have two left on display plus one by his brother. It is still a brilliant place to visit and it is completely free.
Written 19 January 2020
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Poisonwells
Johannesburg, South Africa191 contributions
Inspired Islamic collection with superb supporting eclectic cast.
Jan 2020
This is an absolutely wonderful collection of art work and will it take at least an entire day, probably longer to do it justice. The fulcrum of the collection is the Islamic exhibit is superlative. I thought the exhibits were superbly curated and brilliantly described on the free smart phones that are provided free of charge. The history of the Arabic periods is thoughtfully provided in accurate and easily comprehensible form at the entrance to each room. The works of Islamic art are beautifully lit and displayed in order to show off every detail, colour and nuance of patina possible.

The furniture collection was well laid out with many beautiful pieces of European craftsmanship again demonstrating the care and attention that has gone into the entire museum.

I must confess that I didn't visit more than one room of the Danish art section. I simply ran out of time on the day. I think we were there for nearly four hours and we'd really only just skimmed the surface of the Islamic display in that time.
Interesting to note though that the centrepiece nude is no modern body at all, appearing as she does in a photograph of David's own collection in 1929. I wonder what was meant to be running through her mind? Thoughts on a post cars please, usual address.

There are four floors, a lift runs to three of them and the fourth is a short staircase climb. There is a small shop and decent lavatories and lockers are provided.

This really is one of those gems that are so often ignored by the public to the great advantage of the slow wandered. I would advise anyone going to see the Islamic collection to have a little refresher on the historical timelines of Islam from the birth of the Prophet onwards, not forgetting that Islam spread to India and China, both of which aspects of Islamic cultural spread are well illustrated in the exhibition.

This is a Michelin three star of a gallery. It's worth a trip to Copenhagen just to spend a couple of days absorbed in it.
Written 18 January 2020
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Mobile299492
8 contributions
Phenomenal Collection of Islamic Art
Jan 2020
World class collection of Islamic art. I was incredibly impressed by the beauty of many of the artefacts and talent and skill of the people who made them.
Written 3 January 2020
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JohanesS
Askersund, Sweden12 contributions
Extremely fascinating exhibition, free of charge
Dec 2019
Remarkable collection of items. Though I found the islamic part, floor 3-4, interesting
I did enjoy the European part most. It is all shown in a very nice and calm environment. The guides are allways close and eager to help out
Written 16 December 2019
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nisso
Skive, Denmark57 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2019
If you are interested in islamic history and art, you will enjoy this collection.
There is more to see in this little free of charge museum.
Written 2 December 2019
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WalesTron
Swansea, UK11 contributions
Fantastic (and free), very well presented collection. But felt a little uncomfortable...
Nov 2019
We didn't actually plan to visit the David Collection, but after we were mis-sold a ticket elsewhere, we were advised to try it. We were very pleasantly surprised!

The tucked away museum/gallery itself features a deceivingly large range of collected art and artefacts, all very interesting. The museum itself is beautiful and immaculate, despite being inside a converted house. Everything is presented so well, and the high-tech tablet devices that are given at the beginning are very useful and innovative. They even include audio descriptions in English (not sure about other languages).

One negative about the presentation is that some of it is very dark, even with the additional lighting.

Unfortunately I personally felt my experience was a little hampered by the staff. I'm not sure whether this was because we were two guys in padded jackets (it was a cold day and we wear comfortable casual clothing!), but I felt like we were being constantly watched like a hawk by staff. I understand the museum is secured very well due to the value of everything, but it spoiled the whole experience for me as I didn't feel comfortable walking around, therefore unable to take in everything properly. There was actually one point where a staff member clearly followed me closely as I walked from room to room, I felt awful.

In addition to this, I was not made aware that I could not take my coat off while walking around and hold it. I became too hot due to the heating inside, so had no choice. A staff member approached me and told me that I either had to tie it around my waist or go all the way back down several sets of stairs to reception again to put it in a locker. This was very frustrating and felt like a peculiar rule, only adding to the discomfort I felt. This would have easily been avoided if I was made aware of the 'rule' before walking in.

Despite these problems, I still have to give the collection 4/5 as it was so good. And even better, it's completely free. I would absolutely still recommend visiting but be aware of the following:

- Store your coat in the cloakroom before walking through, even if you initially are comfortable with it on. You are not allowed to carry a coat around.

- Be aware that staff will watch you like a hawk. As long as you are aware of this before hand, hopefully it shouldn't put you off or make you feel uncomfortable.

- If you have poor eyesight or more specifically poor night vision, some of the collection may be difficult to view. Perhaps bring a torch or at least your best spectacles!

- If you are in a wheelchair, it might get a little difficult to move around as some of the walkways are very tight, while others seem inaccessible unless using stairs. There is a lift though. If you aren't comfortable with tight spaces, this may also be a problem for you, especially as there are not multiple exits.

- I wouldn't recommend bringing children or babies (even in a stroller) as there will be nothing of interest, plus the place is completely silent.

- Other than the above, take advantage if you are in Copenhagen as it's a stunning collection and it's free!
Written 24 November 2019
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Steve W
1,276 contributions
A visit
Nov 2019
the David collection well is very interesting and the place was worth visiting we had a great time looking around its a must to visit
Written 24 November 2019
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chorley_beth
Chorley, UK103 contributions
A very good free museum, well worth a visit
Nov 2019
The best free exhibition ive ever visited - get yourself down there - the Islamic section art on floor 4 is amazing.
Written 12 November 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,342 contributions
Interesting collection
Oct 2019
The David Collection (Davids Samling) museum features a collection of Islamic, European and Danish early modern paintings and decorative art. For us, the most interesting part of the museum was the building itself and the early Danish modern furnishings. There museum offers free admission, so one does not have to feel guilty only visiting a portion of the exhibits.
Written 4 November 2019
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Jan
Peterborough, UK190 contributions
Free Art!
Oct 2019 • Couples
I cannot reccomend this museum highly enough. The collection is impressive, and the building's latout charmingly labyrinthine. The low light (upstairs, anyway) and dark wood create a very invitibg, comfortable atmosphere. The translation pad is a little temperamental in my experience, but the fact that it's available (and free) at all is a bonus in itself.
Written 22 October 2019
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  • Tue - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thu - Sun 10:00 - 17:00


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