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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. By using our Elk Horn online trip itinerary planner , you can arrange your visit to Museum of Danish America and other attractions in Elk Horn.
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  • My mom is danish and my wife and I went with my brother and his wife. It was a great experience. Many items which brought back wonderful memories. The host was very helpful.  more »
  • Interactive activities for young kids. Beautiful landscaping. Interesting historical materials. Be sure to visit all 3 floors.  more »
  • Fun unplanned stop while driving from Des Moines to Omaha. Exhibits are small but interesting. Saw a sign that said you can make an appointment with someone to help you learn about your Danish genealogy. Young kids probably won't be interested in much besides the Lego area.
  • This was such a cool museum, and an unexpected pocket of joy on our trip. The workers were very kind and the display on Nordic cuisine was awesome.

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