Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1991 as the country’s first museum for contemporary art. The museum works with the latest media within both Danish and international contemporary art, among which sound art, performance art, video art and they have all renewed the concept of art over the past decades. 


The museum has a permanent exhibition with highlights from the museum’s collection and archives. Here you can see a range of works that have special significance within the history of the museum. For example, you can see Yoko Ono’s Add Color Painting. In 1992, Ono invited people of Roskilde to paint a large statue blue and white. The museum also shows the Fluxus work Piano Piece from a performance where the piano keys were nailed down during a concert. 

Each year the museum has three special exhibitions. You can find the program at the museum website www.samtidskunst.DK 

A Historical Building

The Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the Roskilde mansion. Completed in 1733, the building was designed by the renowned architect Lauritz de Thurah. The four-wing Baroque mansion was used by royalty taking part in a ceremony in the Roskilde Cathedral. 

Coffee and tea

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the museum’s small coffee salon. 

From the 15th of May, the museum will temporarily leave our home at Stændertorvet and let the art loose in the city of Roskilde. Read more about the activities and exhibitions in the streets:

Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday 12:00-17:00
Wednesday 12:00-20:00
Saturday - Sunday 11:00-16:00
Monday closed

Stændertorvet 3D