The National Museum – getting serious about Greenland’s early history
The National Museum in Denmark houses a wonderful collection of Greenlandic objects, which you certainly are going to find worth the visit.
Scientists from Denmark’s National Museum have played an important role in uncovering Greenland’s past through their archeological work. These experts also gathered a unique collection of cultural items from the Inuit over time.
Moreover, the National Museum has taken part in publishing the Inuit’s pre-history as a cartoon, drawn by the Greenlandic artist Nuka Godtfredsen.
You will find the National Museum in the city center in Ny Vestergade, close to the city hall and Tivoli, the amusement park.
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The Greenlandic House – getting a feel for Greenlandic culture
When staying in Copenhagen, you should go for a walk at Greenland House and visit their exhibitions or check out the book store. Many Greenlandic artists have been exhibiting their artwork in this house. There is always something interesting on display here.
Greenland House accommodates a café, changing exhibitions and other cultural events such as concerts, Greenlandic markets, book launches and lectures (the latter are in Danish or Greenlandic).
At the markets, which typically get held before Christmas, in the spring and in the fall, Greenlanders and Greenland-lovers sell home-made jewelry, art and other items of interests for you, who love Greenland. Greenland House has an outstanding book shop, where you can find Greenlandic books, flags and movies.
Kalaallit Illuutaat – Greenland House in Copenhagen is placed at Løvstræde 8, which is close to the big pedestrian area in the center of the city.
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Geological Museum – see the world’s third biggest meteorite from Greenland
Did you know, that 3,8 billion years ago, Greenland was located in the southern hemisphere?
You can learn about this and many other things, when visiting the Geological Museum in Copenhagen. Amongst other things, the exhibition reports, how this massive island “wandered” northwards to the place, where you will find Greenland on the world map today.
The exhibitions at the Geological Museum include the originally 20 tons heavy meteorite Agpalilik that was found close to Kap York (Thule, North Greenland) in 1963. The meteorite is shown at the entrance of the museum. Agpalilik is the third largest meteorite in the world. Inside the museum you will get to see a slice of it.
Furthermore, the museum is host to a good choice of fossils that are up to 518 million years old. Don’t miss out on the 2,2 million years old fossilized wooden stems either – they tell us about the climate in Greenland many years ago.
The Geological Museum is located on Nørre Voldgade at the corner of the Botanical Gardens and across the street from the National Museum of Art.
Christianshavn – an old, Greenland-inspired part of town
When you get off the metro at Christianshavn Torv (Christian’s harbor place), you are standing right in the middle of one of the most interesting parts of town in Copenhagen. Most of Christianshavn is built on top of human-made islands. To achieve that, a lot of Dutchmen got imported to Denmark. They had a lot of construction experiences from doing the same thing in Amsterdam. That is why a lot of Christianshavn (and also Nyhavn) looks like beautiful Amsterdam.
At Christianshavn, you will find a lot of Greenland-related places, not the least Greenland Travel’s headquarters at Wilders Plads. Close to that, you are going to come across the old Greenland harbor, which now houses the North Atlantic Wharf, the Danish Polar Center and Tranhuset – The Greenland Shop. Read more about those in the next chapter.