Japanese macaque by Mogens Trolle

Monkeys – A Primate Story

17 MAY 2023 – 25 FEBRUARY 2024

Øster Voldgade 5–7, Copenhagen

A primate storyThe jungle arrives at the Natural History Museum of Denmark as primates swing from the branches, hang by their tails and screech from the canopy. From huge gorillas to tiny mouse lemurs – step into the wondrous world of primates and meet your relatives in the biggest exhibition ever about apes and monkeys.

More than 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and bush-babies are revealed in the moste extensive exhibition on primates ever. This family friendly exhibition is the first to show primates behaving as if they were in the wild. Dynamic poses capture the wide variety of behaviours of some of the world’s most endangered primates.

Interactives throughout the exhibition bring the displays to life for children and adults alike, allowing them to discover more about our closest cousins.

Displays explore communication, social groups and behaviours. Here, you can learn more about the visual signals, language and scent-marking used by primates.

Audience in the exhibition Monkeys. Photographer: Frederik Wolff.
Young people studying monkey portraits in the exhibition
Billeder af gæster i udstillingen Aber Dreng med gorilla i udstillingen Aber. Fotograf Frederik Wolff Billeder af konservator i udstillingen Aber Bedsteforældre og dreng i udstillingen Aber. Fotograf Frederik Wolff Udstoppet abe i udstillingen Aber. Fotograf Frederik Wolff Billeder af gæster i udstillingen Aber


Natural History Museum of Denmark
Øster Voldgade 5-7
1350 Copenhagen K
Tlf: 22 82 76 79

Mandril by Mogens Trolle




The exhibition is supported by:

Augustinus Fonden logo
Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck's Fond
Beckett Fonden logo
Toyota Foundation logo
Knud Højgaards Fond logo
Frimodt-Heineke Fonden logo

Thanks for the collaboration:

National Museums Scotland

The exhibition is developed in collaboration with National Museums Scotland and Nomad Exhibitions.

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

UN's goals 12 13 and 15

The Natural History Museum of Denmark supports UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.