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A Royal Birthday Celebration

The Round Tower marks old King Christian IV’s birthday with fun and festive activities for kids and their adults. Maybe you’ll spot the king himself and his two ladies of the court?

It was King Christian IV who had the Round Tower built. He provided Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark with buildings so strange and special that people still talk about them to this day! The king was born on April 12th in 1577, and the day after, we celebrate his birthday with a special family event.

Meet the King

Of course we have invited the king himself. See if you can spot the king or his ladies-in-waiting as they gallivant around his old tower between 13 and 16.

Creative Workshop: Build Like the King

Do you love building as much as Christian IV did? Create fantastical towers in our creative drop-in building workshop. The Round Tower provides all materials, so you can get crafty like the king.

The workshop is open between 13 and 16 and included in admission. Please Note that seating may be limited in case of many guests.

Opening of the Family Exhibition “Gizmos and Thingamabobs”

Join the opening of artist Lærke Bang Barfod’s family exhibition at the Library Hall.

A mysterious, purple world has emerged in the Library Hall. With purple grass, striped stones, and soft, fuzzy tree trunks. In this realm live peculiar thingamabobs, whose true nature is a mystery. 

”Gizmos and Thingamabobs” is a humorous, playful, and colorful exhibition created by artist Lærke Bang Barfod. Here, children and their adults are invited into an abstract world of shapes, colors, textures, sounds, and movement where it is perfectly okay to interact with the art – to play, feel, try on and experiment!

Detail from the exhibition.

Opening for the Whole Family

Take your family by the hand and come join the opening of the exhibition on January 27th!

See if you can spot the dancing Doodads as the lovable, peculiar creatures who inhabit the strange, purple world will dance with all the Gizmos and Thingamabobs in the exhibition.

Drinks and snacks will be served to the first guests.

About the Artist

Artist Lærke Bang Barfod works at the intersection of costume and accessory design, scenography, and installation. She draws inspiration particularly from the world of children, her own childhood memories, and nature as an endless source of inspiration for colors, shapes, textures, and compositions.

She creates multi-sensory works primarily in fabric, yarn, foam, and metal, with a background as a clothing craftsman, accessory, and costume designer. This is also evident in the exhibition, where you can experience various imaginative accessories such as gloves, necklaces, and socks.

Other Contributors

Compositions of sounds and music in the exhibition William Kjeldsberg
Dancer Fie Dam Mygind
Dancer Marlene Bonnesen
Choreographer Ida Cathrin Utvik
Production Assistant Alberte Hummelshøj Andersen 
Costume Productions Assistant Frida Bang Barfod

The exhibition is generously supported by Statens Kunstfond, Beckett-fonden, Statens Værksteder for Kunst and Den Ingwersenske Fond.

Gizmos and Thingamabobs

What is a thingamabob? And what are gizmos used for? Discover a whimsical family exhibition, where a purple landscape with sensory, interactive gizmos and thingamabobs invites children to play, dress up, move, and explore.

A mysterious, purple world has emerged in the Library Hall. With purple grass, striped stones, and soft, fuzzy tree trunks. In this realm live peculiar thingamabobs, whose true nature is a mystery. Embark on a quest to discover them among amusing hat thingies that sprout from a green thicket. Or hide away in the glowing orange cave-like structure.

”Gizmos and Thingamabobs” is a humorous, playful, and colorful exhibition created by artist Lærke Bang Barfod. Here, children and their adults are invited into an abstract world of shapes, colors, textures, sounds, and movement where it is perfectly okay to interact with the art – to play, feel, try on and experiment!

Lærke is inspired by the inner world of children and their amazing ability to imagine, play, and invent. Through sensory activities and imaginative staging, children are encouraged to experience and explore the art with both their bodies and their mind.

So take your adults by the hand and journey through the purple landscape together, and invent your own stories about the gizmos and thingamabobs that live here and what they might be used for.

Kids should be accompanied by adults in the exhibition. Please wear the blue shoe covers provided by the Round Tower.

Please note, that the exhibition may be closed for shorter periods on certain days due to special events or concerts in the Library Hall. Check the website before your visit.

On days with many visitors, queuing for the exhibition may occur.

About the Artist

Artist Lærke Bang Barfod works at the intersection of costume and accessory design, scenography, and installation. She draws inspiration particularly from the world of children, her own childhood memories, and nature as an endless source of inspiration for colors, shapes, textures, and compositions.

She creates multi-sensory works primarily in fabric, yarn, foam, and metal, with a background as a clothing craftsman, accessory, and costume designer. This is also evident in the exhibition, where you can experience various imaginative accessories such as gloves, necklaces, and socks.

Other Contributors

Compositions of sounds and music in the exhibition William Kjeldsberg
Dancer Fie Dam Mygind
Dancer Marlene Bonnesen
Choreographer Ida Cathrin Utvik
Production Assistant Alberte Hummelshøj Andersen 
Costume Productions Assistant Frida Bang Barfod

The exhibition is generously supported by Statens Kunstfond, Beckett-fonden, Statens Værksteder for Kunst and Den Ingwersenske Fond.

Please Note that the exhibition might be closed due to special events in the Library Hall for shorter periods of time. Check the website before your visit.

Drop-in Wolf Workshops for Kids

Get inspired by our new exhibition and create your very own wolf mask at our drop-in family workshop.

What would you look like as a wolf? Would you be big, bad and aggressive? Or shy and timid? Maybe you’d be a werewolf?

Take a walk with your parents in our new exhibition “Danes With Wolves” and gather inspiration. The Round Tower will be providing supplies for you to get crafty and create your own wolf masks to take home. 

The drop-in workshops are open between 10 and 14 – and free once admission to the tower is paid.

Please note, that even though exhibition is aimed at all ages, smaller children should be accompanied by adults, as it features both dramatic scenes and preserved, taxidermied animals.

Drop-in Wolf Workshop for Kids

Get inspired by our new exhibition and create your very own wolf mask at our drop-in family workshop.

What would you look like as a wolf? Would you be big, bad and aggressive? Or shy and timid? Maybe you’d be a werewolf?

Take a walk with your parents in our new exhibition “Danes With Wolves” and gather inspiration. The Round Tower will be providing supplies for you to get crafty and create your own wolf masks to take home. 

The drop-in workshop is open between 10 and 14 – and free once admission to the tower is paid.

Please note, that even though exhibition is aimed at all ages, smaller children should be accompanied by adults, as it features both dramatic scenes and preserved, taxidermied animals.

Summer Scavenger Hunt

This summer, kids and adults can explore the tower’s rich history and architecture – from bottom to top.

Little adventurers can move up the Spiral Ramp and solve the seven tasks in the scavenger hunt.

Grab a map in the Library Hall half-way up the tower and start your adventure, discover the secret places and answer questions about the Round Tower.

Bring your own pencil or buy one in our shop (also located in the Library Hall).

In the King’s Footsteps

Join the history hunt and go searching for letters and knowledge in the Round Tower

We invite kids of all ages to grab a map by the ticket office and go searching for the red and yellow bubbles that are hidden all over King Christian IV’s old tower. One letter is emphasized on each one. Find all the letters and see if you can guess which word they make up.

In the process, you’ll learn more about the old king who built the Round Tower.

See if you can find all the stickers and letters

Happy hunting!

A Royal Birthday Celebration

King Christian IV of Denmark was born on April 12th, 1577. On Saturday the 15th of April we’re celebrating his birthday with a festive day for children and adults – and a final chance to explore our current family exhibition “The Rose Cannon – The King’s Enchanted Garden”.

Join us for a birthday celebration for the old king who built the Round Tower. Listen to renaissance music composed by his royal court musician John Dowland, wish the king a happy birthday as he walks about his majestic tower and get lost in his enchanted flower garden in our current exhibition.

“The Rose Cannon – the KIng’s Enchanted Garden”

Christian IV was a king who valued growth. Before letting the Round Tower sprout up in the heart of Copenhagen, he created the King’s Gardens where he placed his loveliest rose: Rosenborg Castle. He even made a cannon adorned with rosebuds! 

With a spark of inspiration from the rose cannon and floral objects from Rosenborg Castle, Signe Kejlbo creates an enchanted garden where children and adults can immerse themselves in the secretive world of flowers. Here, paper flowers and poetic stories will unfold among breezy garden tents and secret pathways. 

Come, walk among the king’s flowers and help build the Rose Cannon’s flower explosion by adding your own paper flower creations at the craft tables.

Please note! The exhibition closes at 2PM on April 15th

Opening of Family Exhibition: “The Rose Cannon – the King’s Enchanted Garden”

Join us for the opening of the floral family exhibition “The Rose Cannon” – a Saturday full of surprises for the entire family awaits!

We are excited to present our upcoming family exhibition. “The Rose Cannon – the King’s Enchanted Garden” is an immersive exhibition for children, intended to stimulate the senses, awaken creativity and curiosity, and offer a poetic, enchanted version of the old tales about King Christian IV who built the Round Tower.

The exhibition opens on Saturday the 4th of February. Drop in early for some sweet snacks and refreshments, and take a garden stroll in the whimsical floral world created by artist Signe Kejlbo. Watch the dancing flower creatures, add your own paper flowers to the rose cannon’s floral explosion and see if you can catch a glimpse of old King Christian IV as he walks among the flowers in his lovely garden.

About the exhibition

Christian IV was a king who valued growth. Before letting the Round Tower sprout up in the heart of Copenhagen, he created the King’s Gardens where he placed his loveliest rose: Rosenborg Castle. He even made a cannon adorned with rosebuds! 

With a spark of inspiration from his rose cannon and floral objects from Rosenborg Castle, Signe Kejlbo creates an enchanted garden where children and adults can immerse themselves in a secretive world of flowers. Here, paper flowers and poetic stories will unfold among breezy garden tents and secret pathways.

The exhibition is inspired by objects and locations from King Christian IV’s life and Rosenborg Castle. Experience “The Rose Cannon” in the Round Tower between February 4th and April 16th.

Read more here.

Drop-in Family Workshop: Build Like a King

Join us for a drop-in workshop and create your own towers and castles like King Christian IV of Denmark.

King Christian IV was not just the longest reigning king of Denmark – but also one of the most imaginative! He adorned Copenhagen with buildings and towers so special that we’re still talking about them.

Drop by one of our crafty workshops, when the Round Tower invites kids and their adults to unleash their creativity and build like a king.

We will provide materials, so you can get crafty with popsicle sticks, cardboard and other materials, and create weird and wonderful towers and buildings worthy of a king.

The workshops are open for drop-ins on February 19th and April 4th between 10:00 and 14:00.

Admission is in included in your entry ticket to the Round Tower.