Today, when you visit the castle, you can see
permanent exhibitions in the Danehof (Parliament) Chamber, in the
Armoury and in the King's Food Cupboard. In addition, there are
sometimes special exhibitions at the castle, often in connection
with commemorating the anniversary of an important year in the
castle's history, or in the lives of kings who lived there or of
the town itself. When you visit the castle, you will see furniture
and paintings in the various rooms, but none of them are originally
from the castle. There is nothing left from the time when Nyborg
was one of Denmark's most important towns.
Furniture and other furnishings from
manor houses and other museums
During the Swedish wars in the 1650's, Nyborg
was actually under Swedish control. The castle, like the rest of
the town and the whole country, was ravaged by the occupying
forces, who left very little behind when they finally went home.
Everything of value from the castle was sent to Sweden as the
spoils of war, and furnishings were burned as fuel in the
Rumour has it that there was nothing
whatsoever remaining in the castle, which actually could be true,
since no inventory has ever been found that originated from Nyborg
When the castle was turned into a museum in
the early 1900's, they had to start from scratch. It was impossible
to find any furnishings from the castle's royal period. Instead,
the rooms were furnished with pieces from Danish manor houses,
purchased at auction. To give a glimpse of the grandeur of the
kings' residence, the museum leaders also borrowed furnishings from
other Danish museums.
Royal portraits and weapons from the
Royal Arsenal Museum
Most of the paintings are from the Museum of
National History at Frederiksborg Castle. Several portraits of
Danish kings can be seen at Nyborg Castle, painted in the 1600's,
as well as two large genealogical charts from both King Christian
II's family and from Hedvig, sister of King Christian IV. There are
also four large paintings showing scenes from King Valdemar
Victory's life, painted by Agnes Slott-Møller in the 1930's.
To illustrate the castle's more warlike
history, many weapons and other military objects have been borrowed
from the Royal Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen. "The Black Men", suits
of armour from the 1500's, are always fascinating. Sables, halbards
and heavy muskets decorate the walls at the castle.
In 2009, the first actual excavation in recent
times was carried out. A great amount of potsherds, coins, tiles,
etc. was found, which gives us a picture of the daily life of the
castle, both in the royal period and in the garrison times. A
selection of these things will be displayed at the castle.