Danish Immigrant Museum – Elk Horn, Iowa

danish_museum.jpgDanish Immigrant Museum – Elk Horn, Iowa 

This museum in Elk Horn tells stories of the experiences of Danish immigrants as they traveled from Denmark to various parts of North America. Its exhibits include collections of tools, clothing, photographs, and household furnishings. The building has been designed to represent a Danish barn. 

Traditions carried on by later generations are presented in programs and at special events.

Victor Borge’s first piano is displayed at the Museum; children have a special place where they can build with Legos. On the Wall of Honor, many of the names of the nearly 360,000 who immigrated to the United States are recognized. (The villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton make up the largest rural Danish settlement in the United States.)

A chapel and a genealogical center are on the grounds.

Admission – Current Members FREE with membership card; Non-members: $5 – children (8-17) $2.

Directions – north of U. S. Interstate Highway 80, turn off on Exit 54, take State Highway 173, and go to the west edge of town on Washington Street

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, noon – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15 – September 15: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16 – May 14 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day)

Credit Cards – MasterCard, Visa

Phone – (712) 764-7001 or (800) 759-9192 


  1. Rene Aagaard says:


    I am living in Denmark and writing a discography on the Danish operatic tenor Aage Wang-Holm, who lived in the US from – I think – 1915 until his death in 1926. He is buried at Arlington Cemetary.

    Do you have any information about him?

    Birth: 14. March 1881, Næstved, Denmark – Dead: 8. June 1926 New York

    all the best

    Rene Aagaard

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