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Culture Night at Frederiksborg Castle

08/09 2023 kl. 16:00 - 22:00
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Horse-drawn carriage rides, an animal safari, the castle lit up by chandeliers, and more!

The museum is a part of Hillerød Culture Night 2023 this Friday with a full programme of special activities! The afternoon will feature a variety of entertaining activities for children, and in the evening adult visitors can experience the museum in an enchanting new way.

Culture Night special offer: Purchase an annual pass to Frederiksborg Castle during Culture Night and get free admission for you and a companion for the rest of 2023 and 2024 – your own personal “plus 1”. If you purchase a ticket here on the website, you can upgrade it to an annual pass at the castle on Culture Night.



  • 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (with a ticket for Culture Night at the castle) – Take a horse-drawn carriage ride with Carlberg’s draught horses
  • 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm (duration: 30 minutes) – Animal safari for children in the Great Hall (Riddersalen)
  • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Get a rare, first-hand look into the work of the museum conservators
  • 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Enjoy music and beer in Christian IV’s historic dining hall
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Meet the museum staff in the exhibitions
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Take an evening walk inside the castle, illuminated by magnificent chandeliers
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Lantern alley from Staldgade to the Inner Courtyard
  • 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm – See the Baroque Garden by firelight


Purchase an annual pass or upgrade your ticket at Culture Night

Purchase an annual pass to Frederiksborg Castle during Culture Night and get free admission for the rest of 2023 and all of 2024. With the annual pass, you can always bring a friend along for free – your own personal “plus 1”. You can also upgrade your ticket to an annual pass during your visit.

Draught horses

Carlsberg’s iconic draught horses are coming for a visit! Help us kick off Culture Night at Frederiksborg Castle in historical style with a horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage rides start in the Outer Courtyard, proceeding across the castle bridge and along the historic stables on Staldgade (“Stable Street” in Danish).

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The horse-drawn carriage rides are reserved for guests with a ticket to Culture Night at the museum.

Come and meet the impressive and alluring horses.

Animal safari in the Great Hall

The ornate ceilings of Riddersalen – the Great Hall at Frederiksborg Castle – feature imaginative depictions of animals, including some that are now extinct. At Culture Night, children and their adult companions can join along on an animal safari in the Great Hall with nature educator and illustrator Marie Rubæk Holm. Note that this activity is in Danish.

Bring your own binoculars and get even closer to the elephants, dogs and rabbits. Maybe you’ll even discover a prowling leopard, a suffering vulture or a soaring horned owl. We take a journey throughout the Great Hall as we look at mammals and all sorts of birds.

Time: 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm

The safari lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Selected objects from the workshops

Get a rare look into the furniture, graphics and painting conservation work by the castle’s conservators. Each of the three conservators has selected an object that will be displayed at the museum exclusively during Culture Night. The three conservators will also talk about their conservation work, as well as the function and importance of the objects.

From the furniture workshop: Experience the tones of a musical instrument that is also a piece of furniture, and the work of bringing the music back to life.

From the painting workshop: See and hear how to detect forgery in 400-year-old portrait art.

From the graphics workshop: Learn about and see the conservators’ efforts to preserve the Rosenholm Bibles.

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: The Princess’s Wing

Music and beer in the historic dining hall

To celebrate Culture Night, we invite visitors to enjoy music and standing service from the Carlsberg Brewery in the castle’s historic dining hall. The dining hall is also known as Rosen, which means “in confidence” – signalling that what is said in this hall stays between the guests!

Meet museum staff at Culture Night:

Say hello to the museum’s new Head of Guest Experiences, Pia Rost Rasmussen, and editor Tore Leifer, who is behind the museum’s podcast “PORTRÆT” (“PORTRAIT”).

Please note that there is no sale of beer at this event. The museum invites guests 18 years and older to enjoy one beer or soft drink from Carlsberg.

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet the museum staff in the collections and exhibitions

Working behind the scenes every day, they are experts in their respective areas. At Culture Night, they shine a light on selected areas of the collection. Have a chat with portrait editor Tore Leifer and museum curator Marie Møller Christensen as they share their favourite pieces from the collection. Throughout the evening, you can also meet museum staff in the exhibitions, where they will be talking about royal dreams and ancient Rome, a disastrous castle fire, and Danish author portraits in the 1800s.


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Tore Leifer shows and talks about his favourite portraits of Christian IV.

Location: The King’s Wing, 1st floor, Rooms 29-32 and the Great Hall.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Curator, historian and Ph.d. Marie Møller Christensen talks about portraits and objects from the 1500s and 1600s.

Location: The King’s Wing, 1st floor, Rooms 25-28.

A memorable evening walk under the enchanting chandeliers

Frederiksborg Castle is usually closed at night, but on Culture Night you will have a rare opportunity to experience the castle interiors after dark. The magnificent rooms and halls are only illuminated by the grand chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and candlelight. Take a walk through the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries when darkness falls and experience the wonder of history in the glow of the chandeliers. From the castle rooms, visitors can look out upon Hillerød and the Baroque Garden in the evening light.

Please note that the ordinary lighting will remain lit in the special exhibitions and the collection of art from the 20th and 21st centuries (3rd floor).

Illuminated Baroque Garden

The Baroque Garden’s monograms will be illuminated by the firelight of torches. The garden usually closes after sunset, but will remain open after dark in celebration of Culture Night. Enjoy the view of the numerous torches in Frederik IV’s Baroque Garden from the upper plateaus or experience the fabulous view of the garden from the Audience Chamber, 2nd and 3rd floors, inside Frederiksborg Castle.

Time: The torches will be lit at 5:30 pm. The park will close at approximately 10:00 pm when the torches have burned out.

Lantern alley in Staldgade

We are marking our participation in Culture Night by welcoming guests as soon as they enter the castle grounds via Staldgade – which means “Stable Street” in Danish. A lantern alley will guide guests to the main castle, where the museum’s activities will be taking place.