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Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn

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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.

(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.
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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 »
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  • Such a great museum! Has a beautiful path that you can walk to see the prairie, and other features. I loved the outdoor martin birdhouses around the property. You could spend hours inside reading the stories from immigrants.
  • What a pleasant surprise to find this museum off the highway. Wish we had more time to visit.
  • Loved learning about my ancestors. Beautiful museum.
  • What a great find, and unexpected. Incredibly procured. The movie alone was enough to get 5 stars. Definitely deserves your time whether you're Danish or not! Great Iowa history.
  • Stopped in on our way back from a short family vacation. Wanted to spend more time there. Wonderfully put together.
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