Danish Immigrant Museum – Elk Horn, Iowa

Flag of the Danish.jpegFounded in Elk Horn in 1983, the national museum of Danish heritage ws built by Danish Americans on a 20 acre site. The 16,000 square foot museum is reminiscent of Danish construction with the half-timbered architecture.

This museum is dedicated to telling the story and the travels of the Danish immigrants to America. It follows their gravels from New Jersy to Texas to Alberta.

There are are programs given along with special events and the exhibits. The museum has the largest collection of Danish-American artifacts in one location anyplace in the world.

Opened in 1996 is the Family History and Genealogy has assisted many to find relatives they have lost track of in both Denmark and America. It is located about 1/2 mile from the museum grounds. There is staff there willing to assist you in your search for your family heritage.

The communities of Elk Horn and Kimballton host julefest, the museum hosts a Christmas celebration by offering the opportunity for you to become involved in making paper ornaments and to add yours to the museum tree, if you choose to do so.

There are numerous activities availble for you during this celebration, join them for some pleasant memories.

Other celebrations you can celebrate at the museum are fastelavns, tivolifest (week-end long celebration on Memorial Day) and sankt hans aften.

Location: exit 54 off Interstate 80 and then 6 miles north on highway 173.

Phone: 712-764-7001

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