A rather niche museum housed in a Neo-classical country house in Copenhagen’s affluent Frederiksberg district, the Revue Museum (Det Danske Revymuseet) is dedicated to 150 years of Danish humor and the country’s long tradition of producing satirical and comical revues.
The intriguing collection grew from the private collection of Ida and Bent From, who were famous as actors on Copenhagen’s revue stages in the 1960s; with artifacts dating back to 1849, displays includes Art Nouveau revue posters, elaborate fur-lined costumes that sparkle with jewels, set designs, props and a series of ornate, pierrot-style face masks.
Highlights include more than 100 film clips from popular revues and silent movies, sound recordings, play manuscripts and many comical black-and-white images of stars of the Danish revue. Special exhibitions are organized to celebrate great figures of Danish comedy including actors Marguerite Viby and Osvald Helmuth. The museum also has a schedule of themed, guided tours and a program of contemporary satirical reviews and cabarets (tickets extra). Combine a visit with a visit to the nearby Storm P Museum, which is dedicated to Danish satirist Robert Storm Petersen, or stroll around nearby Frederiksberg Have (gardens), which are included on several cycling tours of the city.
The museum is open Tue–Sun 11am–4pm. Admission for adults is 35 DKK; students & children aged are 4–17 25 DKK. Admission is also free with the Copenhagen Card. If taking public transportation, take the Metro to Frederiksberg or buses 16 or 26 to Frederiksberg Runddel.