The east lawn at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is the perfect place to have a picnic, smell the white wildflowers, or take a short nap. And the Danes, with their commitment to hygge, would likely encourage you to do so.
The museum, named for the proprietor’s proclivity for marrying women named Louise (thrice), straddles the Øresund coast and opens up to the Nivå Bay, a strait between Denmark and Sweden. With modern sculptures patterned across the pastoral grounds, benches placed for the best views, rolling creeks, a large pond, and a forested area where five Nordic houses are speckled about, the Louisiana Museum feels more like a park than a modernist haven.
The museum’s blond ceilings, red brick floors, and bright windows invite you stay for a while and study the Picassos and the Warhols in the best light. The museum’s focus is modern art after 1945. The exhibits are well detailed, providing you with an educational experience. The museum is small enough to be digested in a few hours; you don’t leave feeling unfinished.
When you need a break from the art, there is cafe overlooking the water. There you can enjoy warm soups or healthy sandwiches. You can also enjoy a glass of wine by a fire and reconnect with hygge (pronounced hugg-ah), a coziness, warmth, and companionship endemic to Denmark.
All in all, the Louisiana Museum is a must-see day trip from Copenhagen. Just be sure to set an alarm to wake you in case you get too comfortable out there.