Museums Corner: Winter break holidays into the unknown to rediscover the past

Life is a mystery,” Madonna once pointed out. “Everyone must stand alone.” She wasn’t wrong, and now your kids have a chance to answer all those nagging questions they might have about the world, the past and harsh environments.

Copenhagen Museums and Attractions has collected five activities for the whole family where your children can enjoy wild animals, fables, colours and Danish history during the winter half-term break.

Endurance = existence
From the windy battlements of Krongborg Castle defending the country from foreign invaders, to the icy Arctic wilderness where survival is the name of the game, experience what it feels like being taken to the limit of human endurance.

Or alternatively take a more introspective journey to solve the mysteries of the past and our very existence at interactive exhibitions at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, The David Collection and Frederiksborg Slot.

Zoo’s winter holiday
Feb 11-26, daily activities 10:30-15:30; Copenhagen Zoo, Roskildevej 32, Frederiksberg; 180kr, under-11s: 100kr;
Nordic and Arctic animals feel right at home when the temperature starts to drop, and at Copenhagen Zoo you can enjoy the cold weather with polar bears, seals, musk oxen, reindeer and snow owls.

Visit a Sami tent and learn what it’s like to live in the harsh polar climate, sit by the fire, create pretty bead bracelets and learn to throw a lasso like a real Sami.

Watch blocks of ice turn into beautiful sculptures, listen to exciting stories from expeditions to Greenland, and find the most romantic spots in the zoo on Valentine’s Day.

You’ll feel right at home with all the other winter animals.

Mythical animals
Feb 14-17, 13:00 guided tours in Danish, Feb 14 & 17, 11:00 workshops; free adm; The David Collection, Kronprinsessegade 30-32, Cph K;

The David Collection spans several centuries, starting in the 7th and ending in the 20th, and several countries and continents, from Europe to China and the Middle East. The collection of Islamic Art is renowned and exquisite.

During the winter break you can search for birds, mythical creatures, gold, rubies and diamonds on free guided tours through the collection and create your own mythical animals in an open workshop.

The grey winter skies will seem like a distant memory as you enter a world of wild wonder and beauty.

Ancient worlds and riddles
Feb 13-28, open Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, Thu until 22:00; Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7, Cph V; 95kr, under-18s (also Tue) free adm;

Search for birds, mythical creatures, gold, rubies and diamonds!

The winter break at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is for curious kids and grown-ups who want to join in the fun.

Chase riddles among fabulous sculptures, explore the origin of colours in the artwork, and then apply them to peculiar creatures and courageous heroes.

The Glyptotek is a museum of Danish and French art from the 19th century and of ancient cultures of the Mediterranean.

The winter garden is lush and green and the café serves the prettiest and sweetest cakes you can imagine.

History, portraits and lights
Feb 11-19, 11:00-15:00; Det Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød; 75kr, under-15s: 20kr;

Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History since 1878, and as you move through the gilded halls you’ll see the many portraits of kings, queens, noblemen and women.

During the winter break children of all ages can explore the painted portraits in the Portrait Workshop and learn how to see and depict another person.

On Saturday February 18, the museum will keep its doors open well into the evening at its Gardens of Light event (19:00-21:00; 100kr, under-15s: 50kr,, inviting visitors to party like it’s the 1600s. Taste the food, enjoy the fashions, listen to the music and join the torchlight procession through the Baroque gardens.

Travel through time!

Kronborg patrols
Feb 11-19, tours (of duty) 12:00-14:00; Krongborg Castle, Helsingør; castle entry: 90kr, under-18s: free adm;

The enemy is edging closer, so get up and defend the Kronborg Castle together with other courageous soldiers!

The calendar reads 1658. The enemy is edging closer, ready to conquer. Only a small group of brave soldiers is still left to defend the proud Kronborg Castle.

If you are between seven and 12 years old you could be one of those courageous soldiers, fighting from the casemates deep below the castle. Learn how to march in single file, fight with a sword and, last but not least, fire a canon!

The tours are free with entry to the castle, all children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is only room for 25 children on each tour.

It was a tough life – even if you were just a kid, the son or daughter of servants, growing up in the castle 400 years ago. Learn what it was like to work and only play rarely. Borrow a historical costume and tour the castle with the cook or the kitchen help.

You’ll learn a lot and maybe at the end of the day be grateful for the fact that you live in 2017.

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