Frihedsmuseet - København - Denmark

Address: Churchillparken, København (Copenhagen) (See map)
Telephone: +45 (0)33-137714

Shop: small shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2005
Overall rating:

Description: What's the perfect day in Copenhagen? Not a difficult question really: Have a few beers in Nyhavn, make your way north to the Frihedsmuseet, then back to Nyhavn for a few more lagers, after that pronto onto the Tøjhusmuseet, with an optional return to Nyhavn for those still thirsty!

But let's focus on the Frihedsmuseet itself. Seeing as Denmark surrendered almost immediately after the first Kraut set foot on Danish territory, you might wonder how they could fill an entire museum dealing with their struggle against Germany in WWII! Walking along the exhibits at the Frihedsmuseet it all gets clearer: After their fast surrender to Germany a long and exhausting battle between stubborn Danish resistance fighters and the occupiers flared. Don't underestimate the grim fate a resistance member faced: although the Danes, like the other Scandinavians, Dutch, Flemish and English people were rated by the Nazis as potential brothers in arms, the punishment for fighting the Nazi-state was massive: varying from immediate execution to torture and internment in a Concentration Camp.

The museum documents the harsh struggle of the Danish resistance with the use of photographs, maps, dioramas and personal letters from members of the resistance. Absolute highlight is the original V3 armoured car (see photo below).

As the deeds of the Danish resistance are overlooked or unknown by many (unlike those of their French and Dutch counterparts), this museum might be an eye-opener and makes for a good addition to your trip to the Danish capital. Don't expect too many thrilling dioramas and hair-raising state-of-the-art exhibits though.

The "V3" self-built armoured car of the Danish resistance. The car was built with scrap-iron on the chassis of a Ford truck by a Danish underground group in Frederiksvaerk at the end of the Second World War.

Overview of the main hall, including a large map of wartime Europe.

One person shelter on display outside the museum.

Overview of the remembrance corner featuring personal letters from captured Danish resistance members.

Workshop of the underground press.

Illegal transmitting equipment (radio, telegraph), used by the resistance.

Reconstruction of a prison-cell where resistance members were detained after being captured.