Museums corner: Reign supreme: first the queen, then the tweens, next the machines

Museums Corner seeks out the top exhibitions in June

Margrethe II might have something to say about the line-up this month. For starters, she’s in it, as an exhibition at the Museum of National History catches up on the first 75 years of her life, which she celebrated on April 16.

Sixty of those were spent in the 20th century, which pretty much makes her an expert on the subject of the Century of the Child (at Designmuseum Danmark), but was she already a grown-up when the revolution really clicked into gear?

Given her role as the head of the state, she probably knows a thing about bodies as well, particularly with the likes of habeas corpus threatening her constitutional power. But how much does she know about the actual human body? The Body Collected at Medical Museion has all the answers.

Of course, with Denmark’s swtich from being an absolute to a consitutional monarchy came a relinquishing of power, but the Danish Royal Family are still a long way from being robots controlled by Parliament.

But who knows what might happen over her next 75 years. The Museum of Science and Technology examines whether we’ll soon be referring to it as the Century of the Robot.

The Body Collected
Permanent exhibition, open Wed-Fri 12:00-16:00, Sun 12:00-16:00; Medical Museion, Bredgade 62, Cph K; entry: 50kr, discounts: 30kr;

This new exhibition (started May 22) shows how the body has been used and preserved in modern medicine. Presenting a historical collection of human remains, the exhibition showcases foetuses, skeletons and organs from the museum’s 19th century pathological-anatomical collections as well as newly-acquired blood samples from contemporary bio-banks. The human body has been stored and examined in gradually smaller parts, and the exhibition shows how disease is examined at the different levels of enquiry into the body.

Century of the Child
Ends Aug 30, open Thu-Tue 11:00-17:00, Wed 11:00-21:00, closed Mon; Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68, Cph K; entry 100kr, free adm for students and under-26s;

From junk playgrounds and Odder perambulators to Winther tricycles and Lego blocks. As well as reflecting the prevailing attitudes towards children of the time, design for children reflects the phenomenon of childhood itself. The exhibition covers all aspects of child-centred design from posters, toys and children’s books to furniture, school design and playgrounds. Focused on Nordic design for children, the exhibition places particular emphasis on Danish contributions to the field. Suitable for children and adults alike!

Ends Aug 26, open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 (open Mon from June 29-Aug 9); Danish Museum of Science and Technology, Fabriksvej 25, Helsingør; entry 65kr, free adm for under-18s;

Modern society is growing increasingly dependent on robots – there are robots that can mow your lawn and vacuum and clean your house, but also robots that can play ping pong, disarm bombs and even do complex surgery. Explore the world of robots: from Schwarzenegger’s scary Terminator to the cute therapeutic baby seal robot Paro. Learn about industrial robots and see how many spare parts we use to repair and improve our body. Meet the museum’s own robot Punky and build your own robot!

HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark 1940-2015
Ends Aug 30, open Mon-Tue 10:00-17:00; Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød; entry 75kr;

The Danes love their monarch, HM Queen Margrethe II, who has reigned over the country since 1972. This exhibition showcases dresses from the great celebrations and anniversaries, along with other creations and pictures, to retell the queen’s life, as seen and remembered by the Danes. From her christening robe through to her wedding dress to elaborate ball gowns, the beautiful costumes are also a display of three quarters of a century of style and fashion history.

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