Hempel Glass Museum was established in 1964 by the Danish industrialist J. C. Hempel (1894 – 1986), the founder of the world-famous company which is a leading supplier of ship paint products. The museum is situated on a hill with a view of the Isefjord and houses the founder´s European glass collection from the period 1500-1900, one of the largest privately-owned in Scandinavia.
During the last few years, the museum has been renovated and modernized so that today it stands as a contemporary museum with a permanent exhibition of several collections, mainly glass and with annual temporary exhibitions.
Since 1988 the Hempel Glaspris prize has been awarded annually to a Danish glass artist whose work is marked by an experimental approach to glass material. 2020 prize holder is Karen Lise Krabbe. Her art work like the others became part of the permanent collection.
More recently, for the last ten years international exhibitions have been held here at which glass is usually presented in the context of different artistic media. The main exhibition hall is also used for different concerts, lectures etc.