This outstanding museum in Aarhus is one of the largest museums in Northern Europe, with ten stories to explore in a 20,700-square-meter space. Featuring around 8–10 exhibitions, ARoS focuses on thought-provoking themes. The museum stands out in the Aarhus skyline with its rooftop rainbow-colored walkway.
Discover Danish and international pieces, as well as works by famous artists like Francis Bacon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Paul McCarthy. The exhibitions are organized within the museum's following categories: The Collection, ARoS Contemporary, ARoS Classic, and ARoS Focus. This museum is great for kids, too—there are interactive areas meant to keep young visitors engaged. The extensive collection of modern and classic art draws about one million guests every year, making it the most visited museum in Scandinavia. There are plans to expand the museum to display even more artwork, for even more visitors!
A rainbow walkway
On top of ARoS, you'll see the eye-catching, unique work of art called "Your rainbow panorama." This circular walkway was created by Olafur Eliasson, a famous Danish-Icelandic artist. "Your rainbow panorama" allows you to stroll through all the colors of the rainbow and view Aarhus below. Take pictures through the different colors to capture interesting, vibrant photos of the cityscape. You can also access ARoS' rooftop from the rainbow walkway, to take advantage of numerous benches and to see the city views in regular color.
If you'd like a break from exploring all the levels of the museum, stop in the onsite café or restaurant for a bite to eat. At ARoS Wine & Food, you can enjoy a glass of wine, which pairs well with a day of art viewing. There is also a museum shop where you can look for a souvenir of your visit.
ARoS often has events, tours, and special exhibitions to check out. Be sure to look at their calendar to see what's happening during your visit. On Wednesday evenings, you can experience the museum and "Your rainbow panorama" at night for a special, quieter visit.
If you have the opportunity to return to the museum more often, you can join ARoS Club. Members get free admission to the museum (with free admission for one guest), special private viewings, and invitations for curator talks, among other perks. There is even a special club for visitors age 30 and below, AROS30, to help instill a love of the arts in young people. With this membership, you get free admission for a year, special discounts, and invitations to lounge events.