Nikolaj Kunsthal
Nikolaj Kunsthal
3.5
Art GalleriesArt MuseumsChurches & Cathedrals
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
From Church to Contemporary Art Centre. St. Nikolaj Church originated in the early 1200s and is Copenhagen’s third oldest church. As a consequence of the Great Fire of Copenhagen in 1795, the building’s history as a church came to an end in 1805. Nikolaj Kunsthal presents 5-6 Danish and international exhibitions every year. Exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to encounter experimental and innovative art - including our annual exhibition for children and young people. See you at Nikolaj Kunsthal
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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 • 3 min walk
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Brian L
Chicago, IL535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is one of the museums that is included with admission to the Copenhagen Museum. It's a small contemporary art space with rotating exhibitions in a beautiful old church. That in itself is worth the price of admission. IF you paid... ha!

In this case, it was a predominantly sound-based exhibition. There's a small room on the upper floor that had 360 of sound on a 20-something minute loop that was mesmerizing. The top floor has an interesting space too, though I didn't really "get" the current piece that was there. The first floor had a variety of pieces, one of which was four colored (or lack of light) rooms with sound. I found them uncomfortable, which I am sure was the artists' intention. Imagine walking into a pitch-black room with a droney sound. Imagine walking into one of these dark rooms and finding another person in there and getting the living bowels scared out of you upon seeing another human!

Sorry to the poor fella whom I scared.
Written 5 May 2023
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SnappleSpice
New York City, NY585 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
The space itself is interesting, and adds to some of the art that was on display when I went. The price is a bit steep for the relatively small museum, but I believe you can also gain entrance to a couple of others with the same ticket (I could be wrong about that - I did not have the time to try).
Written 31 March 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
This striking building and tower piqued my curiosity in Copenhagen as its tower, er, towers over the area of Copenhagen.

Turned out it is a church converted into an art gallery! I didn't go in but the building itself is a work of art.
Written 25 June 2022
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permia
Ireland62,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Nikoline Liv Andersen excels with her creations in Eden. Walking into the first space is to be immediately confronted by a marvellous work of multitudes of figures in what could be taken as an assemblage in chaos. Very striking.

Others of her pieces are wonderful. Figures, human and other, with elaborate flowing costumes are sometimes crowned with little primates with hands over their eyes.

Swirling patterns of colour comprise further works.

Upstairs is Infinite Deep by the acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch. Comprising mostly black and white photographs such as Light Cigarettes, Untitled (Nude) and stark aspects of architecture.

The setting of the former Church is tremendous in red brick. With a fascinating landmark history dating back to the 13th century; a great tower was added in the last decade of the 1500s.

Being almost destroyed in the devastating fire of 1795, with only the tower surviving, it then served as a fire station and later a butchers market.

Fortunately at the start of the 1900s the City Authorities undertook restoration, eventually leading to the great art space of today.
Written 31 October 2021
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Stellan D
Bromma, Sweden565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Nice way to use a church as an exhibition hall and gallery. Until April 13 there is an exhibition about Leonard Cohen. It is displayed here and the nearby GL Strand art society at Gammel Strand 48
Written 16 February 2020
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Torger B
Copenhagen, Denmark1,300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This exhibition we went to about Leonard Cohen took place both here and at the Gl. Strand Museum. You can visit both on the same entrance fee. We liked the show at Nicolai as the best. The place is a former church, now transformed to a gallery. A nice video show was running on three walls, with very good music with it. The chairs, shaped as 'sacks' on the floor was difficult to come up from if you were not in a very good physical shape. Climbing the stairs up to the tower of the church, there was another installation with songs and videos playing, but not as good as the one at the lower floor.
Written 16 January 2020
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jwolf35
New York City, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Not sure what everyone is complaining about - you can see what exhibit is taking place from the outside. I went for the Leonard Cohen show which was really great. The building itself is also quite interesting with a very long history and lots of architectural intricacies. Perhaps I would have been disappointed if that was where it stopped, but my ticket also allowed me free access to the other half of the exhibit taking place at the GL Strand museum close by - a major bonus!
Written 13 November 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,273 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is supposed to be the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center and when we visited it was only showing film clips of Leonard Cohen. I would have been quite disturbed had I paid for entrance, but since it was included on my Copenhagen Card and cost northing additional, it was "worth the cost."
Written 1 November 2019
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João Victor Tourinho
Malmö, Sweden24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
What an absolute waste of space. The museum is boring and literally has nothing. This whole idea of contemporary/modern art is pathetic sometimes. The church is painted white inside and has nothing in it just some basic objects like a basketball or something that does not represent art or anything that should be in a museum really. Don’t waste your time or money. I was glad I got to go for free due to having gone to another museum because I would have been even more upset for having wasted money on this place. Place should go back to being a church or at least turn the place into something meaningful and not just some boring pathetic white space with nothing inside. Classical historical place turned into some stupid “contemporary art” museum.
Written 16 May 2019
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Dulcinea88
London, UK39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It is an interesting place but i would only recommend to visit it if you paid for the Copenhague Card.
Written 4 May 2019
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