ARKEN - Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary art in beautiful surroundings by the beach

One of Denmark's most important art museums, ARKEN - Museum of Modern Art, is beautifully located on the beach in Ishøj just 17 kilometres from the city center of Copenhagen. ARKEN exhibits modern art from 1990 and onwards. New, important pieces are added to the collection all the time. Work from Damien Hirst, one of our time's great artists' are exhibited in the lobby. ARKEN offers a wide variety of pieces and is certainly worth more than one visit!

Udsigt fra ARKEN CAFE

The museum itself is a spectacular piece of architecture, inspired by water, ships and the natural surroundings on the beach. The museum Café is attached to the upper level of the museum as if it was a lifeboat hanging on a big ship - the museum itself. From the café you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a great view of the surrounding sand hills, land art and the water. Inside the museum the floor resembles a ship's deck.

How to get there

Take the s-train, lines A or E, from Copenhagen and change at Ishøj Station to bus number 128 towards ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. You can also walk to the museum, which is located close to the train station. Follow the signs from the train station and experience the diverse architecture in Ishøj. Notice the grey apartment blocks made of concrete. They are the physical manifestation of the idea of good housing in the middle of the 19th centuries. Later you will pass an area of family houses and finally end up walking in beautiful natural surroundings before reaching the museum.

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Guided Tours

Omvisning i ARKENs samling

Take a guided tour of the museum’s exhibitions and architecture. A tour on weekdays between 10 and 17 costs DKK 700 per group. Wednesdays after 17 and on weekends, guided tours cost DKK 900 per group. Groups of up to 30 people are accepted.

ARKEN's collection

ARKENs samling

ARKEN's collection comprises more than 300 works of art. The main part of the collection is on display in ARKEN's permanent exhibition.

the collection holds Danish, Nordic and international art focused on pieces from 1990 onwards.


ARKEN - cafe

After a great day among ARKEN's exhibitions, why not finish the visit with a delicious meal in ARKEN CAFE? Enjoy the food and the view of Køge Bay.