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Louisiana Museum and the Denmark-Sweden Border Control

It was a long weekend break last week and this calls for a short getaway. I’ve heard so much about Louisiana Museum, so stoked to finally visiting there.

Travelling to Copenhagen

I find it very convenient to travel to Denmark. Since I’m living very close to Skåne (South of Sweden), the fastest and most economical way for me to get to Copenhagen is to take the train from Sweden. From Lund/Malmö, it will only take about half an hour or less to Copenhagen.

I bought my train ticket from ticket machine at the train station. The ticket is valid for all train operators, including SJ and Öresundståg. The validity of the time period is also stated on the ticket, longer distance has longer validity such as a few hours.

If you’re travelling together with a friend and using the jojo card under SkåneTrafiken, consider getting the ‘Duo/Familj-biljetten’ option at the ticket machine. This ticket is valid for 2 adults travelling together and it gives a further 10% discount.

Travelling to Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts

I bought the train ticket directly to Humlebæk station. I changed the train at Copenhagen Airport and it takes a further one hour ride to Humlebæk. After a short walk from the station, I arrived at Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts. Woohoo!

Students pay DKK 100 for the entry instead of adult price, so don’t forget to bring your student ID. The museum’s cafe has very nice food with a scenic view. However, it’s a little pricey for me. Next time, I would remember to pack the picnic food along. Besides, the sunny spring weather is perfect for picnics.

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What to see in Louisiana 

There are currently 3 main exhibitions – Fire Under Snow, Eye Attack and Illumination along with several galleries of different artists. The outdoor sculpture park is amazing! The view is spot on. I can easily spend a few hours at the museum.

What excites me are the upcoming exhibitions  – Classics at Louisiana which features a selection of classic works from Lichtenstein, Warhol, Picasso, Hockney, Kiefer and Yves Klein as well as the Picasso before Picasso, featuring Picasso’s earliest works as an adolescent. There are concerts and interesting workshops, pretty a lot going on!

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Getting back to Sweden and the Border Control

It is a breeze to get out of Sweden but getting back is another matter. Initially, the border control was only done at Malmö Hyllie station, the first station after Copenhagen. After which, border control was also initiated at the Copenhagen airport upon entering the train platform. This means that you have to show your ID twice.

I often commute between Copenhagen and Sweden and is used to the border control and delays. However, this time round I was informed that my Swedish ID card wasn’t enough as I’m not a citizen and I need to further produce additional visa document which shows that I’m allowed to stay in Sweden. This has never happened before.

I usually don’t bring my visa document with me, it just so happened I was also travelling to Prague and I brought it along (in case) even though I have never been requested to produce visa document when I travel in Europe. In the train, two or three international students sitting behind me were asked the same. They have their ID/passports but were still required to show the student visa proof (they were not prepared for this) and had further explanations to do.

The overall delay was about 45 minutes. I would recommend to avoid taking the last train in case of delays or train cancellation. Always bring your ID/passport and visa documents with you whenever you travel. Because of the hassle, I avoid going to Emporia, one of my favourite big shopping mall by Malmö Hyllie station.

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Visual Tour of The Science and Maritime Museum in Malmö

Welcome to the Tekniska and Sjöfarts museum

Also known as the Science and Maritime museum, located on Malmöhusvägen in the middle of Malmö, this visit takes you  on a journey through Swedish history to an interactive future.

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One of my highlights creeping into an actual SUBMARINE U3 which was in operation during WWII

This was  the first submarine with a fully Swedish design and also the first with a completely welded pressure hull, a construction method developed at the Kockum Shipyard in Malmö (Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad AB).

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Operating the submarine’s periscope with a live view of Malmö

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Carl Linnaeus,  a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalised the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature, is also known by the epithet ‘father of modern taxonomy’.

Here you see a glimpse of different types of animals preservation and even dissection dating back to the 1700s. It provides a sense of  wonder and curiosity about nature at that time.

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Meet the world’s most famous scanian, Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was a Renaissance man born in Scania (then Denmark, now a part of Sweden), well known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. AT the ‘HIMMEL och JORD’ (heaven and earth) exhibit, the fun thing to do is to enter the ‘dark room’ and steer around the planetary system and navigating around the universe.

 

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Rewind back to the early 1900s and enter the ‘Vehicles of the Future’ exhibition.

This exhibit also highlights insights into how people have historically felt about the future, with a sustainable perspective and take your time to explore the different vehicles, aircraft and engines.

Highly recommended to try this – lifting a horse power. It’s tough, I couldn’t do it alone by myself.

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Do you know Skånska inventions? Toothpicks, pacemakers and nanotechnology are among the 32 inventions from Skåne at the SMART! exhibit

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At the second floor of the museum, you can try out various interactive and experimental games with your friends. Try out the ‘brain activity race’ with a friend. You and a friend are seated between a table, facing each other with a band around your head. This band has the capability to track the brain activity and triggers the ball (placed in the middle) to move towards either of you. The trick to winning is to RELAX and not think of anything!

I underestimated the time and had only had 2 hours+ at the museum which was really not sufficient. I didn’t manage to visit the Nordic region´s oldest surviving Renaissance castle which was right across the museum. Well, till next time.