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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.

DIY Crafty Christmas Workshops for Kids

Drop by our open Christmas workshops for kids on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

Decorate The Round Tower’s own Christmas tree or make cute and festive decorations to bring home. We’re turning up the Christmas music, providing paper, scissors and other materials so you can drop by and create whatever you feel like.

The workshops are open for drop-ins all Saturdays and Sundays in December until Christmas Eve from 10AM – 4PM. Access to the workshops are included in your normal entry ticket for The Round Tower.

Find All the Yggenyks!

All throughout December kids and their grownups can go looking for the fun three-legged creatures in The Round Tower.

Many years ago, the Yggenyks stole The Round Tower according to a classic Danish children’s book. Luckily for us, they were persuaded to put it back after receiving a bag of their favorite cookies. This Christmas, they have snuck back in, hiding all around the old tower. See if you can spot them all!

Bring home your own Yggenyk

If you want to take home a cuddly Yggenyk of your own, visit our gift shop in The Library Hall, halfway up/down the tower – the only store in the world selling these soft, huggable plushies.

The Rose Cannon – the King’s Enchanted Garden

Join us for a magical pleasure stroll for the whole family as artist Signe Kejlbo transforms the Round Tower’s Library Hall into a fantastical flower garden poetically inspired by King Christian IV’s Rosenborg Castle.

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. 

The exhibition opens on February 4th with a special family vernissage full of surprises.

About the artist

Signe Kejlbo. Photo: Rundetaarn.

Artist and designer Signe Kejlbo works with flowers, exploring their colours, shapes and textures in her creations. In 2022, she took part in an exhibition at the Round Tower in which she created a tableau of paper flowers. For “The Rose Cannon” she takes over the entire Library Hall with her floral works. Signe looks forward to presenting a new exhibition combining her floral fascination with the innovation, curiosity and creativity of King Christian IV who built the Round Tower. And to show children of all ages what you can accomplish with paper and imagination!

“The Rose Cannon – the King’s Enchanted Garden” runs from February 4th until April 16th 2023. The exhibition is presented in a collaboration between artist Signe Kejlbo and the Round Tower.

The Round Tower and the artist extends a special thanks to Rosenborg Castle for their help and guidance related to the exhibition.

Summer holiday in the Round Tower

This summer there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the history of the tower from bottom to top. Take the family on a discovery of the tower and observatory.

Explore the special architecture of Rundetaarn, move up the Spiral Ramp and solve the test card throughout the tower. With a map in hand, chlidren can draw, write and answer questions about the old tower. Please take the map with the 7 adventurous tests right after the ticket sale and please return the pencil afterwards.

View from the Round Tower

On the platform you will find, in addition to the Observatory and a beautiful view of the entire city center, also the almost onehundred-year-old Topkiosk. The kiosk is open at 10-17 most days, and sells a large selection of ice cream, postcards, souvenirs and beverages.

Every Sunday during the school holidays, the Ruond Tower astronomers will guide all guests on a quest out into the middle of our solar system. Hear about the Sun, take a closer look at it through the telescope using a special filter and study the sunspots. The Observatory is manned only between 1pm-4pm and is open for all guests.

Download the app USEEUM and hear stories from the Round Tower in the new audio guide.

The Fairy-tale Tower

Children and adults can experience Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale universe in the Library Hall where the world of books inspired the Danish writer.

Hans Christian Andersen visited the Round Tower as one of the first things when he arrived in Copenhagen as a young man. Since then, he returned to the tower time and time again in his writings. The fairy-tale tower appealed to the fairy-tale writer above them all. How could it not be so?

From February to April, children and adults can enter Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale universe, as the Round Tower tells a number of his most imaginative stories in tableaux and words. Experience scenes from seven fairy tales that you know or think you know – or do not know yet. The exhibition is inspired by Victorian paper peepshows where the curious audience could explore small worlds of great beauty and a wealth of ideas.

The centre of the exhibition is a large circus tent from which you can peep into the fairy-tale scenes and try to guess which fairy tale they depict. In which fairy tale do you meet the dreamy umbrellas? And where do the flowers go to the ball at night?

The exhibition is located in the Library Hall that once contained the University Library’s tens of thousands of volumes. This is where the young Hans Christian Andersen was inspired by the worlds of imagination in the books. In one of his poems he even lets the books jump off the shelves and throw themselves into a festive dance!

The exhibition is created by Round Tower in collaboration with selected artists.

Summer Holidays with the Round Tower’s Animals

The dog, the snail, the horse and all the others. During the summer holidays, the Round Tower is full of animals connected with the tower’s history. But the animals are hiding in the Spiral Ramp, so you have to keep your eyes open.

The history of the Round Tower is also the history of its animals. There is the dog with eyes as big as the Round Tower from a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. There is the horse that carried the Russian tsar to the top of the tower, the spider that moved into the telescope of the stargazers in the Observatory and many others.

During the summer holidays, you can go searching for the animals on the window panes in the Spiral Ramp and get to know much more about them and the history of the Round Tower as you fill your animal map with stickers.

If it is a long way to the top for short legs, the animals will help to shorten the ascent. Learn more about the Round Tower in a different way – it is free when the entrance to the tower is paid.

You can also click and read more about the Round Tower’s animals

Cancelled: Christmas with the Yggenyks

The yggenyks are back!

Many year ago the small three-legged creatures stole the Round Tower. Luckily they put it back where it belongs, when they got a sackful of their favourite cookies. But once again they have sneaked into the old tower – and this time they are wearing Christmas hats.

Throughout the Christmas month, children and their adults can explore the tower, find the five places with yggenyks wearing Christmas hats and count the total amount.

Christmas Workshop

On the Saturdays leading up to Christmas, you can cut out your own yggenyk and make decorations for the Christmas tree.

You can also try making your own badges with yggenyks, motifs from the Round Tower – or whatever you come up with. The price is 20 DKK for two badges. The rest of the workshop is included in the entrance ticket.

The first Christmas workshop takes place as part of our Family Day on Saturday 28 November from 13.30 to 16.00. On the following Saturdays – 5 December, 12 December and 19 December – the workshops take place from 13.00 to 16.00.

Bring Home Your Own Yggenyk

The Round Tower is the only place in the world, where you can buy the yggenyk soft toy. Funny to look at and soft to cuddle. For sale in our shop in the Library Hall.

Double Happiness Workshop

Join us for a workshop for children in the exhibition “Double Happiness”.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s mix of styles, the exhibition “Double Happiness” draws the fairy tale writer’s thinking into the present and links his paper cuts to street art, music and Chinese philosophy.

In this workshop, you can meet the two dancers Malthe Ørsted Buch-Hansen and Ibrahim F. Madsen, who will guide you through the exhibition and the two thousand years old papercut tradition. Learn their geometric dance moves and turn them into paper cuts afterwards.

Workshops both days at 10, 12 and 14
Duration: 1 hour

Group 14

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