Denmark’s North Zealand is a rural region traditionally given used for farming and forestry. This heritage is celebrated in the family-friendly Danish Museum for Hunting and Forestry (Dansk Jagt Og Skovbrugsmuseum) which opened in 1942. It has since much expanded and is located on the Hørsholm estate north of Copenhagen, in the Baroque former stables and barns of a now-demolished castle.
Dedicated to highlighting the relationship between man and nature for the last 15,000 years, the spacious museum has plenty of stuffed wildlife — there’s even a taxidermied stag dating from the 1600s — and skeletons to horrify and delight in equal measure. Exhibits include one of Europe’s largest collections of ancient Danish and Faroese hunting weapons and accessories, from traps to decoys, as well as forestry tools past and present, from simple saws to modern chainsaws.
Although there is plenty here to entertain adults, the museum provides many attractions purely for kids. They can dress up like Stone Age hunters or lumberjacks, track animals, learn to saw up logs and take a ride on tractors. There are special exhibitions and activities for families, from clambering across rope ladders to learning about native animals in their natural habitat.
The museum is open Tue–Sun 10am–4pm. Admission for adults is 70 DKK; seniors & students are 60 DKK; younger than 18 go free. Admission is also free with the Copenhagen Card. The city of Hørsholm is 30 miles (48 km) north of Copenhagen and can be reached in 45 minutes by road off the Route 19, or by train from Copenhagen Valby train station to Rungsted Kyst in 35 minutes (services depart every four hours).