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National Maritime Museum

The big new attraction just south is the revamped former shipyard area where the recently opened National Maritime Museum is now one of the country’s premiere places to learn about Denmark’s seafaring past and present. Set underground in the old dry docks next to the castle, the structure was built to a cost of 130 million krone. Inside, the technologically advanced, well-curated collections are dedicated to the country’s maritime history, with informative exhibits that include relics from Denmark’s conquests in Greenland, India, the West Indies and West Africa, as well as the world’s oldest surviving ship’s biscuit (1852). The area is also the site of the Culture Yard, a theatre, concert venue, library and café-restaurant housed in an innovatively designed glass-steel structure created from old wharf buildings. Its attached Varftsmuseum gives an insight into local maritime heritage.