Why You Should Always Go To Free Museums

The aptly named Thorvaldsen’s Museum in Copenhagen is dedicated to the Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen. And this museum is free on Wednesdays.

Since I love all forms of art (and I also love free things), we decided to take a peek.

We wandered in the door on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, to a surprisingly colorful museum with ornate ceilings, mosaic floors, and gigantic sculptures.

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley

 

At first, I was struck by the beauty and detail of the craft.

I mean, these things were huge! And there were so many of them. Go Bertel.

And then I was struck by… um, what appeared to be a display of penises?

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley

 

Yeah. That was a thing.

“Phallus-shaped amulets like these were worn in antiquity as evil-averting pendants. One type of amulet shows a phallus coupled with the female genitals, as expressed by the hand gesture. The thumb is inserted between the index and middle finger in a fist gesture, which was considered so indecent that even the worst demons would be repelled and flee at the sight.”

(That was a real blurb on a real placard. I couldn’t make that up if I tried.)

But alas, there was only one penis amulet room. And lots of rooms filled with statues that were all starting to look alike. So after wandering through several of these rooms, my overactive imagination began to take over.

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley

 

It was hard for me not to give the statues personalities and imagine conversations between them.

So I did. Frequently.

With that said, here were some of my favorite pieces at the Thorvaldsen’s Museum…

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Nobody cares about your workout, bro.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
For real – y’all gotta stop. We’re over it.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
There’s always that one guy…

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Flawless.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
An ass-toot observation.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Freaking out right now.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Sorry, Jesus.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Plus, if you keep making that face, it’ll get stuck like that.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
Note: Hawks do not make good party guests.

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
I’ll name him Fluffy and teach him tricks!

 

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
And you better make sure Aunt Linda “likes” them too.

 

Okay, if I’m being honest, we really just popped inside the Thorvaldsen’s Museum because it was free that day. We probably would have skipped it otherwise.

But it left me wondering… were there hallucinatory drugs in the smørrebrød sandwich I ate for lunch that day, or did my brain just do this by itself?

We may never know.

But nevertheless, it ended up being way more entertaining than I would have guessed.

 

Thorvaldsens Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark | The Travel Medley
In fact, it probably would have been worth it just to see the floor tiles!

 

That’s why, even if you don’t love art, or free things, or being ridiculous…

If there’s a museum, on a cold and rainy day, that isn’t charging an entry fee… I’m going to need you to take a peek inside. Because you never know what you’ll find (or what weird things your brain might do) to make it a fantastic afternoon.

If you’re really lucky, you might even find some penis amulets.

 

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