H. C. Andersens House, Odense

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Learn about the poet's life from his childhood years as the son of a struggling shoemaker, to his prolific career as an author at H. C. Andersens House. The museum opened in 1908 in the small yellow house, which is considered his birthplace. A reconstruction of the artist's study displays personal items, including his walnut writing desk and his writing set--glass ink containers on a brass-ornamented wooden tray. Take the time to hear his tales, such as "Little Mermaid" or "The Princess on the Pea," at one of the many listening posts. The poet's creative range is also evident through his drawings and collages. Buy a book by H.C. Andersen, available in several languages at the museum shop. Work out when and for how long to visit H. C. Andersens House and other Odense attractions using our handy Odense travel itinerary planner.
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  • The house is very small and anticlimactic. I would recommend going if you purchase the whole H.C. Andersen experience (including the museum and other sites), but I don't think that it is worth a...  more »
  • We only had 1 1/2 hrs to see as much as we could. Tickets are purchased in the H. C. Andersen museum which is a great place to start. Here one can read and see displays about his early childhood...  more »
  • When in Odense you should visit this little house where the writer was born in very poor circumstances. Having said that, there is not that much to see. Still it is interesting.  more »
  • At the entrance we were told not to drink during the visit. So we left a bottle of milk and a bottle of water at the front desk. After the visit I went to the front desk to collect these two items. And I was told that the milk was thrown away!!!! I am very upset. And it was really difficult to explain my daughter what happened to her milk too. It is not a big deal to make a failure. But using excuses like ‘there are so many people here everyday’ ‘some one threw it away’ was really a bad idea. Admitting the failure would be much better. We would have no problem to accept it. My daughter said, maybe we should have left Dad to guard the milk ;) 😓😂
  • The museum consists of 5 different museums located across Odense. They are all different and are showing the life of the famous H.C. Andersen. They give you a wrist band at the receptions that you can show entering the next museum. There is no time limit and you can also start from any museum you want!
  • Interesting to see the home where Andersen spent his childhood. We obviously get to see a doctored version, but it’s pretty cool nevertheless. It was pretty crowded when we visited so we could not really spend much time inside the house. Allow about 15-30 mins for a visit.
  • Ticket includes both the house and the museum. Nice to get an instant info about Andersen and his life even tho it's not sure the house is the original and all in all it's a bit small and doesn't explore in depth his literary works.
  • I have been living on Fyn for many years, but never came around to pay this area a visit. But it's a big part of our proud history. Will have to visit again, when I have better time.

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