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Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn

(4.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
(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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  • We were staying in a hotel in Walnut and decided to look for something to do when we came across the museum. The building is adorable and the park outside was awesome. It was neat to see the old dolls...  more »
  • I visited the Danish museum and paid 5 $. They helped to track my relatives in the USA. The grandfather of my grandmother emigrated to Boston before the Civil War leaving an illegitimate son in Denmar...  more »
  • Wow wow and wow....! I admit I'm not too up on world history but I actually cried to learn of the heartbreak of such a beautiful country and beautiful people... I was inspire d by their strength in th...  more »
  • 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.
  • This museum is a jewel in middle America. The artifacts brought from Denmark, shown on the lower level, are magnificent! Our visit brought us closer to our family's ancestor immigrants. It was exciting to see our family listed on the "Wall of Honor". Thank you for preserving Danish culture. PS. I enjoy watching your YouTube videos of making Christmas cookies.
  • We planned our traveling this year so that we would be able to visit the museum. It was marvelous in every way. The family history archives (temporarily located downtown) was like finding hidden treasure. Michelle is a wonderful resource, with a gracious, helpful spirit. In half an hour she helped me find my grandfather, Jacob Christoffersen, in his village in Denmark, passage to the US, date of arrival in Clear Lake, Iowa, ... his parents and siblings, his mother's family in Denmark, occupations, baptisms, locations. I could have fainted! I now have access to the databases--just hope I can remember my password and all the tricks she showed me. I really look forward to building authentication of the tree I've started. I also very much appreciated the special exhibit on Danish Jews and the German Occupation. My grandfather's family back in Denmark was occupied--German soldiers lived in the farm house while the family lived in the barn for several years. Cousins had to cut short university educations in London under threat of something bad happening to their family if they didn't return to Denmark. Best wishes to everyone there. You've created something very special. We stayed (twice) at the Tivoli Inn, and ate at the Danish Inn and the little cafe twice also. We stopped in Clear Lake...I can imagine my grandpa stepping off the train with two of his buddies in 1902. Wonderful adventure on our long drive from NM to MN.