Christiansborg Palace, located on the small island Slotsholmen in the Copenhagen harbour, has more than 800 years of history as the power base of the kingdom and still today the palace houses several institutions of significant importance.
Most of the premises at the palace are at the disposal of the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, but the palace also houses the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. Parts of the palace are available for the Royal House; the Royal Reception Rooms, Christiansborg Palace Chapel and most of the Riding Ground Complex.
The Theatre Museum is located on the Christiansborg riding ground, which is part of the Christiansborg Castle that up until the end of the 19th century served as residence for the royal family. Today it accommodates the Danish Parliament, Folketinget.
The collection at The Theatre Museum describes the history of Danish-language theatre from 1700 up to today. It is composed of drawings, engravings, paintings, photographs, costumes, set models and more.
Visitors have access to all areas of the theatre, the auditorium, the galleries and the stage.
Tapestries in Christiansborg:
The Danish business community marked the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s 50th birthday in 1990 by ordering a gift of 11 tapestries from Le Mobilier National et les Manufactures Nationales de Gobelins et de Beauvais, Paris (commonly referred to as les Gobelins). The project was funded by a range of Danish companies and foundations as well as the French state.
The History of Denmark and the World
Bjørn Nørgaard painted the full-size sketches (known as cartoons) upon which the tapestries were woven. The gobelin series depicts the history of Denmark and the world, including the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Absolute Monarchy, the Reformation, World War II, the Present and even the Future. The Danish royal family, as well as images symbolizing the artist Bjørn Nørgaards earlier works of art, are skilfully woven into the greater context of the tapestries.
The Great Hall with the tapestries is one of the Royal Reception Rooms, which is open to the public when not in use by HM the Queen.