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Danish Windmill, Elk Horn

#35 of 56 in Museums in Iowa
The historic 1848 Nørre Snede, Denmark Windmill was brought to America 40 years ago. Rebuilt by over 300 community volunteers to honor the area's rich Danish Heritage. The Mill was restored to working condition in 1976 and it takes a 20mph wind to operate. At any time when the wind changes the 10 ton cap frame will turn it's self into the wind with the help of the fantail. It is a beautiful sight to see the magnificent windmill turn by windpower.

The Danish Windmill is also one of Iowa's Private Welcome Centers. They have over 250 brochures on other State attractions, Iowa maps and attraction guides. Employees are State Certified Welcome Center employees.

The Mill Corporation is a 501-c-3 non profit Corporation. The Museum shop sales proceeds go to help the day to day operations of the historic windmill stay in good repair. Check out for more information or call 800-451-7960. VELKOMMEN!
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  • September 20, 2017
    The windmill's arms were down for repair so we couldn't get to see its full beauty but we were well-treated & got to see the small museum. Also on the grounds were the Morning Star Chapel & VikingHjem...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    An impressive piece of Danish history and so even based on voluntary work, definitely worth a visit
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  • August 30, 2017
    This is really a little bit of history + a gift shop. To the West side of parking lot is the Old Danish workshop. Anyone interested in wood and wood carvings may find this place fascinating.  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    A bit further than anticipated off the highway, but it was really cool to see and the staff was incredible friendly!
  • October 28, 2016
    This was a happy accident if there ever was one. I had not expected to leave the highway, but needed to find somewhere to give the car a rest and stretch my legs. At the very least, it was a nice change from the usual scenery along the interstate. The person staffing the gift shop was very helpful and informative. Thanks for making my trip through Iowa a memorable experience!
  • July 12, 2016
    We stopped here in the morning, after we broke down our campsite, in order to check out the museum and grab breakfast. Unfortunately, we stopped on Sunday morning and they weren't open yet. We weren't able to check out the museum but were able to walk around the grounds. This is a really neat place to visit if one is interested in history and culture. It provides historical information on Danish cultures and the Vikings of old. We walked around the structures and read all the signs. Fun place to stop... we will definitely be coming back next time we drive through here in order to check out the museum.
  • February 18, 2017
    I enjoyed browsing the local shop while taking in a great view.
  • February 27, 2017
    Bought some Kringle from the gift shop awhile back. It turned out to be so dry that it was not edible. My mistake for not noticing. Lesson learned not to buy food from tourist gift shops anymore.

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