Parkmuseerne – a new museum district in Copenhagen

Official opening 18 March at 10.30 a.m at The National Gallery of Denmark. 
Members of the press are welcome. Map of Parkmuseerne is available - please see attachment. 

One million museumgoers. Three million park visitors. Parkmuseerne is a new museum district in Copenhagen (Denmark) created through the collaboration of the David Collection, the Filmhouse, the Hirschsprung Collection, Rosenborg Castle, the National History Museum of Denmark, and The National Gallery of Denmark. The objective is clear: to make Parkmuseerne a nationally and internationally acclaimed museum district. 

Parkmuseerne will be officially opened on 18 March. The days that follow will see the opening of six co-ordinated exhibitions sharing a common theme: Flowers. The subject will be considered from six widely different angles.

Internationally acclaimed museum district  
”With a total of one million visitors at the six museums and a total of three million visits to the parks each year, the area is excellently suited to becoming a unique museum district where visitors can experience the best from the realms of art and nature. With this collaborative project we wish to create a museum district to match those of other cities such as Berlin and Vienna,” says Karsten Ohrt, chairman of Parkmuseerne and director of The National Gallery of Denmark.

Access to Parkmuseerne is easy. All the museums are within walking distance from each other, and they are set in parklands that span the King’s Gardens, the Botanical Garden, and the Østre Anlæg park. The official opening marks the onset of a programme of new, joint activities and experiences that reinvent how the museums reach out to their audiences. The objective is to meet the users of the area where they are, mentally and physically, by connecting the indoor and outdoor spheres and by linking up the museums in new ways. These activities join the museum’s regular rich array of activities and opportunities for users of all ages. A new website, parkmuseerne.dk, will present everything that is on offer and provide a guide for the entire district.

Six exhibitions
During the days following the inauguration of Parkmuseerne on 18 March the six museums will launch separate, but co-ordinated exhibitions on the theme of “Flowers”, exploring the subject from a wealth of different angles.

The David Collection
Flora Islamica – Plant Motifs in the Art of Islam
22 March – 27 October 2013

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The Hirschsprung Collection
A Flowering Season
Ring, Syberg, and Slott-Møller

19 March – 23 June 2013
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The Filmhouse
Will show an exhibition of film stills and also screen a number of films in which flowers play an important part.

19 March – 9 April 2013
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Rosenborg Castle
From Science to Art
- Flowers at Rosenborg Castle
21 March – 23 June 2013

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The Natural History Museum of Denmark
Flora Danica(opening reception 19 March)
20. marts 201320 March 2013

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The National Gallery
Flowers and World Views
22 March – 20 October 2013

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Inauguration of Parkmuseerne
Parkmuseerne will be officially inaugurated on 18 March from 10.30 am to 12 noon at The National Gallery of Denmark.

Featured speakers:
- Karsten Ohrt, chairman of Parkmuseerne and director of The National Gallery.
- Kjeld von Folsach, vice chairman of Parkmuseerne and director of the David Collection.
- Mechtild Kronenberg, Staatsliche Museen zu Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin.
- Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

Parkmuseerne are funded by Arbejdsmarkedets Feriefond and the C.L. David Foundation and Collection.

Contact:
Peter Kirkhoff Eriksen
Head of Secretariat
E: pke@parkmuseerne.dk
T: +45 33748441

M: +45 25597807
www.parkmuseerne.dk

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With a total of one million visitors at the six museums and a total of three million visits to the parks each year, the area is excellently suited to becoming a unique museum district where visitors can experience the best from the realms of art and nature. With this collaborative project we wish to create a museum district to match those of other cities such as Berlin and Vienna
Karsten Ohrt, chairman of Parkmuseerne and director of The National Gallery of Denmark