exhibits Across Danish America


Danish American Archive and Library
1738 Washington
Blair, NE  68008


SPREADING “THE WORD”: THE DANA COLLEGE THEATER TROUPE TOUR OF 1942
Virtual Exhibit

The Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska, presents its first stand-alone online exhibit: Spreading “The Word”: The Dana College Theater Troupe Tour of 1942. The exhibit tells the story of a group of students at the now-defunct Dana College who went on tour to 12 Midwestern Danish American communities in six states. The students performed a play in the original Danish language by the acclaimed Danish playwright Kaj Munk, who two years later was assassinated by German Nazis. Dana College had strong Danish roots, and the exhibit also highlights how WWII and the German occupation of Denmark impacted the students.

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Elverhøj Museum
of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA  93463

REMBRANDT: A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR

Virtual Exhibit

While the museum is temporarily closed, we invite you to join us for an armchair tour of some of the greatest works of the master artist.

First Stop: Southern California

Second Stop: St Petersburg, Russia
Third Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
Fourth Stop: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

THE ART OF FACEMASKS

Virtual Exhibit


The face mask has become a symbol of our times, an emblem to illustrate the COVID-19 contagion. It is also a signal of caring and a gesture of community amidst the upheaval of our daily life. When history looks back on the pandemic of 2020, these rectangles that hide the mouth and nose will be what we see.

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VIKING EXHIBIT

Ongoing Exhibit


Elverhøj Museum of History & Art invites visitors to learn more about Scandinavian ancestors of long ago. The new Vikings!display includes stone age Danish tools, replica pieces, and weapons. Informative text and photographs tell of the Vikings’ role in history and in popular culture. For younger explorers, there is a hands-on display table and handouts about the Viking runic “alphabet.”

The museum has had the opportunity to add new artifacts to the existing collection. These items include a Viking era sword, an ornamental replica axe, and jewelry. 

Schedule a private tour for your group or class by phoning (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.

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Elverhøj Museum Past Exhibitions

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Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington St
Elk Horn, IA  51531

TOUR THE MUSEUM
Enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum of Danish America

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ART NOUVEAU INNOVATION: DANISH PORCELAIN FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Virtual & Touring Exhibit


Danish porcelain factories at the turn of the 20th century combined artistry and technological innovation at an unprecedented level of excellence. Both Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl explored new forms, new techniques, and new artistic influences. Like many artists of the Art Nouveau period, the designers and painters of Danish porcelain 

reflected an interest in the natural world and cultures from around the globe. This exhibition brings together a wide variety of beautiful, original works from the 1880s through the 1920s. All meticulously researched, many pieces in this exhibition were first unveiled at international expositions and World’s Fairs. All pieces are from a private collection assembled through two generations. 

Presented in the Main Floor Gallery and sponsored by The Danish Home of Croton-on-Hudson and the Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund.

Exhibition Itinerary -

Iowa State University Museums, Ames, Iowa January 25 - May 9, 2021
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan June 12 - November 27, 2021
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa January - June 2022

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THE VICTOR BORGE LEGACY AWARD: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF MUSIC
Temporary Exhibit

Victor Borge was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. Growing up, he was a piano prodigy and, as he grew older, he toured throughout Europe. However, as a Jewish man, the advent of World War II forced him to flee to the United States. Although he spoke very little English at first, he found that humor and music were both universal concepts and created an immensely successful career worldwide. By the end of his life, he was decorated with chivalric orders in all of the Nordic countries and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, among other accolades and awards.


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MIGRANT


The exhibition Migrant by the Danish Immigration Museum is now open in the Kramme Gallery. Featuring text in both Danish and English and photography by Diana Velasco, the exhibition explores economic migration to and from Denmark with special emphasis on the United States, Argentina, Australia, Romania, and Turkey. 

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SNAPSHOTS: TRAVELING WITH THE POET, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN


Artist Susanne Thea used Google to “visit” every place Hans Christian Andersen went on his 1840-1841 journey, as described in his travelogue “A Poet’s Bazaar.”

Along with Andersen's fairy tales and paper cuttings, Thea consumed works of art and philosophy referenced in “A Poet’s Bazaar” to help artistically visualize his travels for this pictorial series. 

GALLERY: Multimedia Room, Lower Level

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SAMPLING THE COLLECTION

Virtual Exhibit

Experience the collection and stories of Danish America online!  You can explore highlights from the museum in Sampling the Collection


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BEDSTEMOR'S HOUSE
Permanent Exhibit

Go back in time at Bedstemor's House and step into the world of the early 20th century 


Bedstemor’s House was built in 1908 by Jens Otto Christiansen, a Danish immigrant and Elk Horn businessman. According to local stories, he built the house as an engagement gift for a young woman who sadly turned down his marriage proposal. It is unknown if Christiansen ever lived in the home himself, but he rented the home to several families until he sold it to the Salem Old People’s Home in 1933 for “one dollar and other valuable contributions.”immigrants.


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JENS JENSEN PRAIRIE LANDSCAPE PARK

Permanent Exhibit

The museum's 30-acre campus is developed as the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. The park celebrates the Danish immigrant who designed elements of the Chicago Park system and who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Jensen pioneered "the prairie school" of landscape architecture that focused attention on using native plantings to emulate natural environments. This outdoor venue provides picturesque landscaping, picnic areas, walkways, and outdoor interpretive stations for a more meaningful museum experience.

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JENS DIXEN HOUSE

Permanent Exhibit

Just down the hill on the north end of the museum is the Jens Dixen House. This small North Dakota homesteader's cabin was originally located just north of the community of Kenmare, where Jens Dixen first moved when he arrived in the area around 1901.
Dixen was a Danish immigrant, school teacher, and preacher. He taught area boys in this house, and primarily focused on spiritual training. During especially harsh North Dakota winters, the students slept in the small space above the one room on the main floor. Dixen's students became known as "shanty boys" because of where they were taught.


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NEW NORDIC CUISINE

Vesterheim Museum - Decorah, IA

November 28, 2020 - September 6, 2021

New Nordic Cuisine is an innovative new exhibit about one of the most influential global food movements of the 21st century. But, it’s far more than just a set of recipes, flavors, or techniques. Learn how New Nordic cuisine expresses a set of values through the food we eat by embracing the natural resources, climate, and seasons of the Nordic region – including the long winters and stormy seas.


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      Daneville Heritage Museum
         200 1/2 W. Park Ave. 
         Viborg, SD 57070

DANEVILLE HERITAGE MUSEUM - VIBORG, SOUTH DAKOTA
Permanent Exhibit

The Daneville Heritage Museum helps preserve and celebrate Viborg's proud Danish History. Displays include blacksmith tools, the Hooker, SD post office, pioneer dinnerware, doll collection, Christmas room, household items and collections.Danevang


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Danish Heritage Museum of Danevang
153 County Road 426
Danevang, TX  77432

DANISH HERITAGE MUSEUM OF DANEVANG, TEXAS
Permanent Exhibit

Construction was begun in 2000 on a building designed to resemble a typical Danish barn with a red roof. Alvin Jensen, a native of Danevang and a retired construction engineer, designed the building and supervised the construction.  The building was completed the following spring and was dedicated on June 1, 2001.  It contains approximately 6,000 square feet display area on the ground floor plus a kitchen and restroom facilities. The second floor has a meeting room , offices, and work space for processing the artifacts and setting up exhibits.

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Danish Windmill
4038 Main Street
Elk Horn, Iowa  51531

DANISH WINDMILL COMPLEX - ELK HORN, IOWA
Permanent Exhibit

The Danish Windmill is a working museum, showing visitors the inside workings of a historic mill built in Nørre Snede, Denmark in 1848.  It was brought to America in pieces where it was lovingly rebuilt in the Danish Village of Elk Horn by community volunteers in 1976 in honor of their Danish ancestors and restored to working order.  

The complex also features a replica of a 900AD Viking smithy’s home and workshop, the tiny Morning Star Chapel and a replica of the village of Ebeltoft, Denmark. The museum store features Danish cultural heritage gifts, books, foods, collectibles from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl and is an Iowa Welcome Center.  Plan your tour to the Danish Villages with just one call to the Danish Windmill!

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House of Denmark

Balboa Park
San Diego, CA

HOUSE OF DENMARK - SAN DIEGO, CA
Permanent Exhibit

The House of Denmark is one of the cottages in the International Village in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Located off President’s Way between the Organ Pavilion and the Air & Space museum, the village was originally built for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. See this historic flyer for more details about the Exposition.

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National Nordic Museum
2655 NW Market St
Seattle, WA  98107

LAVAUGHN BELLE: A HISTORY OF UNRULY RETURNS
Extended though April 11, 2021

La Vaughn Belle: A History of Unruly Returns features the paintings of contemporary artist La Vaughn Belle. Based on the island of Saint Croix, Belle investigates the legacy of colonialism. The exhibition will feature approximately six large-scale paintings from her series “Chaney (We Live in the Fragments)” (2015-present). “Chaney” refers to ceramic shards found in abundance in the soil of Saint Croix.


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NORDIC JOURNEYS

Permanent Exhibition

Nordic Journeys expands the Museum’s classic immigration story to include a broader understanding of Nordic life and culture as it has evolved over the last twelve thousand years.

This exhibition encompasses five distinct galleries and will feature not only beloved and important artifacts from our own permanent collection, but also more than 100 objects that have been offered as loans from museums throughout the United States and the National Museums of all five Nordic countries—including stone axes and tools that are more than four thousand years old; Viking-era rune stones, swords, keys, and jewelry; religious objects from the seventeenth century; and examples of twentieth-century modern design.  

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DINES CARLSEN: IN HIS OWN MANNER

July 22, 2021 - October 24, 2021

In this dynamic exhibition, visitors will enjoy a rotating selection from the collection of the National Nordic Museum, which received a gift of more than 900 works by the Danish-American artist Dines Carlsen in 2020.    

National Nordic Museum Past Exhibitions


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Nordic Northwest
8800 SW Oleson Drive
Portland, Oregon 97223

NORDIC NORTHWEST
Nordic Northwest Past Exhibitions

A listing of past exhibitions at Nordic Northwest


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Northwest Danish Association

1833 N 105th St
Suite 101
Seattle, WA  98133


SNAPSHOTS: TRAVELING WITH H.C.ANDERSEN
Virtual Exhibit

An art exhibition by Danish artist Susanne Thea

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Petersen House Museum

1414 W Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ

THE PETERSEN HOUSE MUSEUM - TEMPE, AZ
Permanent Exhibit

One of Tempe's most beautiful historic homes, the Niels Petersen House Museum stands as a reminder of Tempe’s past and the residents who helped pave the way for future generations.

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY  10016

PAINTING TRANQUILITY: MASTERWORKS BY VILHELM HAMMERSHØI FROM SMK – THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF DENMARK
Virtual Exhibit 

On view at Scandinavia House in 2015-16, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark presented a wide selection of masterpieces by celebrated Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), the first exhibition in New York exclusively dedicated to the artist's work in over 15 years


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DANISH PAINTINGS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE MODERN BREAKTHROUGH: SELECTIONS OF AMBASSADOR JOHN L. LOEB JR.

Virtual Exhibit 

Drawn from the distinguished private collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr., "Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough: Selections from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.," on view at Scandinavia House in 2013/14, traced the developments in Danish art from the early 19th through the early 20th centuries—a period that saw the emergence of a distinctive national approach to painting in Denmark.


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SCANDINAVIA HOUSE - VIRTUAL EXHIBITS 

Online Nordic Art and Culture

Gallery tours of past exhibitions are added on a regular basis; check back for more visual art online.


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National Foundation for Danish America
PO Box 1003
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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