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Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn

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(Formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum.) The Museum of Danish America is the only national museum dedicated to preserving and promoting Danish culture in America. The museum cares for a collection of over 35,000 artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that document the experience of Danish immigrants and their descendants, and the ongoing expression of Danish-American cultural identity. Since 1994 the museum has welcomed visitors to its facility in Elk Horn, Iowa, while also engaging in an active national outreach effort that brings the museum to communities from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, California.

The Museum of Danish America includes the main museum, the 30-acre Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park, a Genealogy Center on Main Street, the Jens Dixen homesteader's cabin, and Bedstemor's House - a historic house museum in Elk Horn.
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46 reviews
  • If you are Danish you should find this a very nice museum. Cost is only $5 or $12 for a family. It takes only about 2 hours to view. Outside is a small cabin used by an early Danish settler. We had be...  more »
  • My husband and I stopped here as I am of Danish descent. We had a wonderful time and there is so much too see. Make sure you allow enough time to not only see the museum, but the other attractions in ...  more »
  • This is a must see if you are interested I. Denmark and the Danish heritage in this area. The museum is huge and has many outstanding displays. It isn't something you can rush through so be sure to gi...  more »
  • Always fun and enlightening to find small town life that is proud of its heritage. The whole town does a great job.
  • This museum provides a fascinating look into a piece of American heritage, and its ties to Denmark. I've been here 3 times and there are new exhibits and new things to see every time I go.
  • So neat to visit. Very informative and awesome building and park
  • Loads of information and gorgeous facility. Walls are lined with facts, history, and culture. It seems silly to say this but i wish I could have had a guided tour, considering all of the information is right in front of me.
  • very educational

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