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The Museum of National History

The National Portrait Gallery of Denmark

Frederiksborg Castle

The greatest Nordic Renaissance castle

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Frederiksborg Castle has housed The Museum of National History since 1878, when founded by brewer J.C. Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg. The museum is now an independent department of the Carlsberg Foundation.
The museum depicts the history of Denmark through its rich collection of portraits, history paintings, furniture, and decorative arts. Touring the museum, you will encounter people and events that have helped shape the history of Denmark from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
The historical interiors of the museum and the splendorous rooms of the castle give a sensuous impression of changing styles and epochs, as well as the social conventions of earlier times. The collection of portraits is the largest and most significant in Denmark, with new works continually added to the collection.
Our collection of portraits is the largest in Denmark and consists of portrait paintings, busts, reliefs and portrait photography. Several renowned works are found among our history paintings, which depict scenes from Danish history.
The museum has a collection of art manufacture ranging from the 1500’s until the present. In addition there is a large collection of graphic prints consisting of both primitive popular prints and exquisite copperplates.
The Museum of National History has hosted the Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award since 2007.
The Museum of National History
Frederiksborg Castle 10
DK-3400 Hillerød