• The Museum of Danish Resistance 1940-1945


Esplanaden 13
Capital Region


+41 (0)20 62 92
+45 41 20 60 80


The museum first opened on 15 October 1957 and was a gift from the resistance movement to the Danish state. From the very beginning, the Museum of Danish Resistance has been owned by the National Museum of Denmark and that is still the case today. The museum’s view as to how the Danish resistance fighters should be portrayed is something that has changed over time. From being presented as a single unit of anonymous patriots, today there is much more focus on the idea that the struggle was not a single, unified movement. Rather, it consisted of many different groups which spanned from the far left all across the political spectrum to the far right.


The Museum of Danish Resistance is a museum dedicated to Denmark’s resistance struggle during the occupation of 1940–45. After the museum was burnt down in an arson attack in 2013, the decision was taken to build a brand new and more contemporary museum at the same site in Churchhill Park by the Citadel (Kastellet). Fortunately, all of the irreplaceable artefacts from the occupation period survived the fire. Today, they are either on display at the museum or safely stored away in the museum’s repository. A large part of the new museum is subterranean, allowing visitors to quite literally take themselves underground on a journey back to occupied Denmark.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

January - April:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Mai - August:

  • Every day: 10.00 - 17.00

September - December:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Conditions of Access

The archive of the Museum of Danish Resistance can be visited by appointment.

Only part of the documents have been digitized for download. But such download is only open for residents i Denmark. Foreign residents need to fill in and sign a user agreement and enquire with the archives by mail.


The museum has an escalator and it is possible to get around with a weelchair or a baby carriage.

It is possible to borrow one wheelchair at the museum. It is not possible to enter the museum in an electric scooter.

It is possible to sit down in the exibition.

There is a changing table at the museum.

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