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Location: Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.
(55.669462, 12.524940)
Open: 02-JUN-2020 to 30-NOV-2021 Tue-Wed 11-18, Thu 11-20, Fri-Sun 11-18.
Fee: Adults DKK 125, Children (-18) DKK 60, Museum Pass for the Frederiksberg Museums DKK 145. [2020]
Classification: SubterraneaWater Supply
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=45 min. V=100.000/a [2019]
Photography: permitted, without flash
Accessibility: no
Address: Cisternerne, Søndermarken, 2000 Frederiksberg, Tel: +45-30738032. E-mail:
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1980s decommissioned.
1996 opened to the public.
2014 reopened as an art gallery.


The abandoned Cisternerne under Copenhagen was transformed into an art gallery. It once held 16,000 m³ of drinking water until it was decommissioned in the early 1980s. It was finally opened to the public in 1996. It was refurbished and the reopened as a weird art gallery in 2014, which actually boosted the number of visitors. Currently [2020] there is an exhibition by the Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

The cistern is open only during exhibitions, when an exhibition ends it is closed for some time, typically three months, for refurbishment. The gallery is visited by boats, which seat 4 persons and must be rowed by hand. As a result the cistern is not wheelchair accessible and it is not possible to leave during the tour. Cisternerne is part of The Frederiksberg Museums, which also includes Storm P. Museet, Bakkehuset, Alhambra and Moesting's Hus. If you plan to visit any other museum we recommend the Museum Pass.