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Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn

#33 of 56 in Museums in Iowa
(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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  • Interesting and fun museum showing the danishs life in Elk Horn. Remember to visit the basement.....  more »
  • This museum is a few miles north of I-80 and north of Elk Horn, amid the corn fields, but it is worth the effort to discover. There is art and design and all things Danish, including a history of the ...  more »
  • We just as a whim we stopped! What a awesome place. If you are traveling East or West on I 80 in Iowa and need a break. Stop there. Kid friendly outdoor trails historic displays. Admission is adult $5...  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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