At Copenhagen’s Glyptotek, one expects the collection of classical antiquities and French and Danish masters to come alive in the early hours.

"The long descent into this room has a dramatic effect, like entering a real tomb."

The Glyptotek tells the tale of 10,000 different objects. Here, from sarcophagi to sculptures, the weight of history hangs at every turn. A statue of Pompey looks on with ill-disguised conceit, thrilled that his rival Julius Caesar was stabbed to death at his feet; nearby, fellow Roman emperor Caligula still appears disheartened that his statue was thrown into the Tiber by his citizens; elsewhere, a hundred disembodied heads goggle like onlookers in Elysium. Visitors can, in fact, visit the museum after hours. “Slow Evenings” are held once per month, with interactive themes that have thus far covered time, power, boundaries, yearning, desire, madness, death and decay, through lectures, films, music, discussions and dinners.

For instance, the recent death-themed event included a buri...

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