5 museums to visit with kids

by Chava Sanderson

Museums are great places to visit on weekends, rainy days, and on national holidays when most businesses in Denmark close. Here are 5 fun museums that the whole family can enjoy together. 

Experimentarium

Tuborg Havnevej 7, 2900 Hellerup, www.experimentarium.dk
Open all days, 9:30-17:00 (24 Dec & 31 Dec, 9:30-14:00) 
Entry: Adults 215kr, Kids 3-11 135kr, Kids 0-2 free

Experimentarium is a 3-story science museum, full of fun, interactive activities for people of all ages. The ground floor houses “Miniverse”, a play area reserved for children aged 0-5. If you have very young children, this is probably the part of the museum they will enjoy the most, as it is a shoe-free area with plenty of space to crawl around. However, if you have older toddlers, you should definitely explore the other floors as well, as there are loads of fun activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers spread throughout the entire museum. There is plenty to do for the older kids and adults as well, so this is really a great place for the entire family.

In addition to the exhibits, there are daily programs full of shows, demonstrations, and creative workshops, as well as a rooftop playground with great views. If you decide to spend the day here, there are free storage lockers and a café with a kid-friendly menu. However, guests are also allowed to bring their own food and drinks.

This is one of the more expensive museums in Copenhagen to visit as a family, but if you end up loving Experimentarium and live close by, you should definitely consider purchasing a season pass. Save the entry ticket from your visit, and they will subtract the ticket fee from the cost of your season pass.

National Museum

Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, www.natmus.dk
Jun-Sept 10-18, open all days
Oct-May 10-17, closed Mondays (except during school holidays)
Entry: Adults 120kr, Kids under 18 free

The National Museum is a great place to visit with kids, especially school-aged children. The permanent Viking collection is one of the favorite areas for kids, as it gives them a chance to see first-hand some of the artifacts from stories they learn about in school. There is also currently a huge special exhibit about the Vikings that includes the world’s largest collection of treasures from Viking raids, a Viking ship, and lots of interactive activities.

Adults and children can spend hours exploring the museum, but the star of the show for the kids is usually the Children’s Museum, which is located near the entrance of the museum. Here you can visit a school room from the 1930s, and sometimes even participate in a class. You can sell or buy wares in the food bazar, try on clothes from various historical eras, and practice battling like the Vikings. There are not too many areas for babies to play, but older toddlers, preschoolers, and younger school-aged children will probably usually love spending time here.

There is a restaurant on one of the upper floors of the museum, but right down the hall from the Children’s Museum is a lunch room that is perfect for families who bring their own food. Personal prams and strollers are not allowed in the exhibits, but the museum has free locks you can borrow to lock your pram, and they have prams you can use free of charge during your visit.

Maritime Museum

Ny Kronborgvej 1, 3000 Helsingør, www.mfs.dk
Sept-Jun 11-17
July-Aug 11-18,
Closed Mondays, except during summer and school holidays

Entry: Adults 135kr, Kids under 18 free

The Maritime Museum is located in an old ship dock just next door to Kronborg Castle. The museum is full of interactive exhibits, which mainly cater to school-aged children and adults. You can practice being the captain of a freight ship, get an ink tattoo, see artifacts from WWI and WWII, and see video clips from the old days. Although the exhibits may not specifically cater to toddlers and pre-schoolers, there is plenty of space to run around and lots of fun stuff to keep their attention for a little while. However, you will probably have a hard time getting them to leave the museum once they spot “The Dream Ship”. This 400 m2 area has a sea-themed playground, creative workshops where kids can make their own ships or sea animals, a cozy area for drawing and reading, and a fun karaoke room. 

The museum has a restaurant with a child-friendly menu, and food that is not purchased in the restaurant can be eaten outside on the terrace. There is also an indoor street food market – Værftets Madmarked – about 200m from the museum. 

Danish Museum of Science and Technology

Fabriksvej 25, 3000 Helsingør, www.tekniskmuseum.dk
Feb-Okt 10-17
Nov-Jan 10-16
Closed Mondays, except during school holidays
Entry: Adults 110kr, Kids under 18 free

The Danish Museum of Science and Technology is a great place to visit for people interested in old and new technology.  It is located in an old warehouse building and has tons of space for kids to run around and explore. During your visit, you can see vintage airplanes, fire engines, trolley cars, bikes, cars, and space capsules – and even get inside many of them. There is also a large collection of vintage phones and computers, an old model train, and old video games to try. 

Most of the museum it is not heated, so make sure you bring a jacket with you when you visit. There is a small cafe, where you can buy drinks and snacks, and picnic tables are set up outside during warmer weather for people who bring their own food.

Although kids love this museum, it is rarely overcrowded. This could be due to the fact that it is located on the outskirts of Helsingør and is a bit difficult to get to without a car. Another reason could be that it is not a very flashy museum, and can feel a bit outdated. However, if you can see past a few exhibits that may be out of order or a bit old, this is a great place to spend a few hours on a rainy day.

If you are interested in technology but do not feel like trekking out to this hidden gem, you will be happy to know that plans are in the works to move the museum to a Svanemølleværket in Østerbro by 2026. 

National Gallery

Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 København, www.smk.dk
Tuesday-Sunday 10-18
Wednesday 10-20
Closed Mondays, except during school holidays
Entry: Adults 120kr, Kids under 18 free

The National Gallery is Denmark’s largest art museum and is full of art from the 1400s to the present. The art galleries will probably be more interesting for older kids, but there is plenty of space for prams and curious little ones who want to wander around. During weekends and school holidays, the museum opens an art studio for children (ages 3 and up), where kids can paint or use various materials like clay, fabric, and wood to create sculptures and other pieces of art. If the weather is nice, you can take a walk on the grounds outside the museum, or visit the Botanical Gardens next door. 

The museum has a cafe that serves light dishes, snacks and drinks, and a lunch room downstairs if you bring your own food. 

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