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Power and magnificence at Frederiksborg Castle Castle

24/06 2023 - 03/09 2023
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Summer programme 24 June – 3 September.

Explore the Museum of National History including the Danish National Portrait Gallery and a large Renaissance complex that includes the Baroque Garden and Castle Lake.

Majesty and magnificence, nation and person. In the magnificent halls of Frederiksborg Castle and the sumptuous Castle Chapel, the monarchs’ power is reflected in the magnificence of the setting. The monumental history paintings, thousands of portraits and plenty of curios at Frederiksborg relate many myths and stories about the powerful people and events that have made Denmark the nation it is today. The modern collection and the museum’s special exhibitions connect the past with the present, creating further scope for reflection.


To enrich the experience, several audio guides are available in the museum app Smartify. Get the app in advance and be totally prepared for your visit. You don’t need to make a profile – just chose your preferred language and audioguides will be available. Don’t forget to use the app to scan artworks and paintings for information.

Every half hour throughout summer, the museum’s hosts offer a brief introduction to the castle and the museum to visitors, who are then free to explore the museum on their own.

About the castle. About the museum. About the collections.

Frederiksborg for children
Frederiksborg Castle is a treasure trove of whimsical details, huge paintings and splendid ceilings. Visitors with children can discover the joys of the castle and museum on their own, aided by activities and resources such as our museum explorer trail, a portrait studio and paper fortune tellers for the Portrait NOW! 2023 exhibition. During summer, children can try on historical costumes recreated based on portraits in the museum. In 2023 exclusively, the costumes can be found in the Great Hall.

Children enjoy free admission to the museum and activities. Have a closer look at the activities for children.

Frederiksborg and its surroundings
Frederiksborg Castle is the largest Renaissance complex in the Nordic countries. Outside you find the Frederiksborg Castle Garden with the Bath House Castle, the Baroque Garden and the Landscape Garden, as well as the Castle Lake with the small ferry M/S Frederiksborg. Looking further afield, Frederiksborg is located right at the entrance to the National Park Kongernes Nordsjælland and within cycling distance to Store Dyrehave, which includes the par force hunting landscape where the kings went hunting, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frederiksborg Castle is open every day all year round. Tickets to the museum are valid for the whole day, making it easy to take a break during your museum visit to enjoy the Castle Gardens. The museum’s restaurant is located in scenic surroundings outside the main castle.

The small ferry sails every 30 minutes from different spots around the lake. The tour is a 25 minute tour with excellent view to the castle and its beautiful surroundings. A walk around the Castle lake takes approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy very nice ice cream at the City Square of Hillerød or the local playground between the Castle and City Square. From both the playground and the City Square, there is a fabulous view to Frederiksborg Castle.

Looking for long term parking? That’s a very good idea! We have a spot for free long term parking next to the Baroque Garden. Take a look at the parking opportunities.


Special exhibitions
In the summer of 2023, two special exhibitions will supplement the Museum of National History’s extensive collection.

Marie Hald – Exposed
In the museum’s department for art from the 20th and 21st centuries, the award-winning Danish photographer, photojournalist and artist Marie Hald uses her photographic portraits to give a voice to people who influence society in 2023.

Portrait NOW! 2023
Portrait NOW! 2023 showcases the latest trends in portrait art. A total of 71 works has been chosen for the exhibition from among 1,842 works submitted for the museum’s Nordic portrait competition. The very best works have received the Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award, and on-site visitors can vote to decide which portrait will receive the audience award. The event includes a portrait workshop where children and adults alike can try their hand at the genre.