“I’M NOT A CHURCH” says the enormous banner hoisted to one side of what pretty much seems to be a church, ironically. Sct. Nikolaj Church was not originally built as what it’s currently being used for – which is an art gallery. The church was built in the beginning of the 13th century and it’s thereby the 3rd oldest in Copenhagen. Now the religious rooms contain modern art, which, I think, establishes sort of a red thread through the centuries of the church’s spiritual history – from medieval times to present day interpretations of a deeper meaning.
The gallery rarely shows more than 2 or 3 exhibitions at a time, some of which could be child-friendly. Personally, I think this is a very good cultural spot, when you don’t feel like spending too much time in a museum. The entrance fee is by the way the lowest in Copenhagen. I think this is quite a relief, because then you don’t feel the pressure for really getting your money’s worth in art impressions. Don’t get me wrong, I generally like looking at art, but compared to most galleries or museums, Nikolaj Kunsthal isn’t such an exhausting affair – I’d call it a cultural “quicky”!
Details about current exhibitions are available on the website. Oh, and by the way… Wednesdays are free. Any other day you can reuse your purchased entrance ticket for Thorvaldsen’s Museum within 48 hours, which is a huge perk!