Exhibits Across Danish America


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Cultural & Heritage Center

855 New Durham Rd.

Edison, NJ 08817

Snapshots: Traveling with the Poet H.C. Andersen

NFDA Traveling Exhibit

April 23, 2022 - September 30, 2022


Danish Artist Susanne Thea refers to Andersen’s famous quote, “To travel is to live” and his subsequent travels, documented in detail in his diaries. He took the most modern, up to date transportation available at the time (steamboat, steam train & horse and carriage). Thea “mind traveled” via Google. The intimate, dreamlike, hand-colored copper etchings are like illustrations in a book, inviting the viewer to be curious and explore with the artist and the author. Thea hopes to spark curiosity in the viewer to “turn the page” and explore what the next skirt in the exhibition reveals or maybe find themselves on a steam train, traveling with the poet and the artist.”

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way

Solvang, CA 93463

Exhibit - Greenland: Land of the Midnight Sun

May 7 - September 18, 2022


Opening Reception May 7 - 2-4pm

LaGuardia Airport

Terminal B

New York, NY

Jeppe Hein - All Your Wishes

Temporary Exhibit

Dozens of colourful and reflective balloon-shaped steel sculptures are distributed throughout LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B, as if released into the air and allowed to float to the ceiling in defiance of gravity. Dispersed around every corner like a fairy-tale breadcrumb trail, the brilliantly playful balloons invite viewers to look skyward and embrace their sense of wonder. At floor level, three witty and whimsical bench sculptures reinvent a familiar form of public seating, turning a functional object into a lyrical and evocative work of art. The bright red benches curve, loop, and twist to form an irresistible invitation to spontaneous expression and social connection. Providing for a moment of respite to countless travellers, the benches offer new perspectives on ourselves, each other, and the spaces we have in common.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Tour the Museum

Ongoing Exhibit

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum of Danish America

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

In Search for Zion

Through December 31, 2022

In Search For Zion: The Danish-American Mormon Movement is now open in the Multimedia Room!

The exhibit is made by Danish exhibitions intern, Sarah Olivia Scott Nielsen, as a part of her internship program with the Museum of Danish America. Sarah's internship is made possible through a longstanding partnership with the Scan Design Foundation.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

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.

Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa February 19 - June 5, 2022

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Tattoo: Identity in Ink

Opens May 26, 2022

For more than 5,000 years, tattoos have been used to document the history of humanity one painful mark at a time. Spanning cultures and continents, tattooing has adorned European nobility and Native Americans, celebrities and Scandinavian sailors, punks and presidents, and seemingly everyone else in between. Today, tattoos have never been more popular.


Tattoos are so much more than decoration. Tattoos are a powerful visual language of the skin, and, like texts, they permanently record memories, life stories, and personal achievements.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

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.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

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

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Bedstemors House

Permanent Exhibit (Closed during winter season)

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


Bedstemors 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.”

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park

Permanent Exhibit Open Daily Sunrise-Sunset

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.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Jens Dixen House

Permanent Exhibit (Closed during winter season)

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.

Daneville Heritage Museum

200 1/2 W. Park Ave.

Viborg, SD 57070

Daneville Heritage Museum in 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.

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.

Danish Windmill

4038 Main Street

Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

Danish Windmill Complex in 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!

House of Denmark

Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

House of Denmark in San Diego, California

Permanent Exhibit - Open Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

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.

Moynihan Train Hall

West 33rd St

New York, NY

Elmgreen & Dragset - The Hive

Temporary Exhibit

Made from a set of up to nine-foot-tall models of skyscrapers that hang upside down like stalactites from the ceiling, Elmgreen & Dragset’s breathtaking ceiling installation, The Hive, defines the 31st Street entryway to the Train Hall. A mirrored base allows commuters to feel projected into the cityscape and creates a sort of mirage of an imaginary city, the artists explained. Mr. Dragset said the work was named The Hive to reflect how cities, with their richness of diversity, function because people accept certain rules for coexisting. “It’s about a huge collaboration in order to make everyone survive,” he said. The installation contains nearly 100 buildings, most made of aluminum, that the artists hoped would offer commuters a new experience each time they entered.

Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd St

New York, NY

Henri Matisse: The Red Studio

May 1, 2022 - September 10, 2022

For many years after its creation, Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio (1911)—which depicts the artist’s work space in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux—was met with bafflement or indifference. Today it is known as a foundational work of modern art and a landmark in the centuries-long tradition of studio painting. Following its presentation at MoMA, the exhibition will be shown at SMK, the national gallery of Denmark, in Copenhagen from October 13, 2022, through February 26, 2023.

Central Park

Plaza West of Conservatory Lake

New York, NY

Hans Christian Andersen sculpture

Permanent Exhibit

This bronze larger-than-life-sized figure depicts Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), Danish poet, novelist, and author of fairy tales including The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid. Sculptor Georg John Lober (1892–1961), who also created the statue of George M. Cohan (1958) in Duffy Square, shows the writer seated on a bench appearing to be reading his semi-autobiographical Ugly Duckling story to a rather attentive 2-foot-high bronze “duckling.”

National Nordic Museum

2655 NW Market St

Seattle, WA 98107

From Dawn to Dusk: Nordic Art from Sweden's Nationalmuseum

February 19, 2022 - July 17, 2022

From Dawn to Dusk: Nordic Art from Sweden’s Nationalmuseum presents 56 paintings by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish artists held in the collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibition traces the final decades of the 19th century, a period of radical development in art of the Nordic countries, through scenes of everyday life, portraits, and landscapes by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Hanna Hirsch-Pauli, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and many others.

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Drive

Portland, OR 97223

Nordic Folktales Reimagined

June 11, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Folktales inspire those young and old. They harken back to childhood and stories of culture and home. This exhibit showcases tales of the past from voices of contemporary artists. Our exhibit hall will be the home to work from local artists who have reimagined classical Nordic folktales. These tales include The Witch in the Stone Boat, Three Billy Goats Gruff and Thumbelina

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Drive

Portland, Oregon 97223

Past Exhibits

A listing of past exhibitions at Nordic Northwest

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

Petersen House Museum

1414 W Southern Ave

Tempe, AZ

The Petersen House Museum

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.

Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, 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

Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10016

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.

Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Online Nordic Art & Culture

Virtual Exhibits

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

American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55407

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories

February 19, 2022 -July 10, 2022

The artistic collaboration between Karen Bit Vejle and Xiaoguang Qiao was born in fire. In 2010, Sino-Norwegian diplomatic relations were strained when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the annual Peace Prize to Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobao. Although bilateral relations normalized six years later, it was under these strained conditions that Vejle and Qiao's cross-cultural conversation began, resulting in an exhibition that travels the world. Hosted by the ArtHouse Jersey in the Channel Islands in 2016, the exhibition Paper Dialogues expanded to include two new artists, Layla May Arthur and Emma Reid. It is this iteration of the exhibition that will travel to the National Nordic Museum in the fall 2021, encouraging American practitioners in the art of psaligraphy to join in the conversation.

Swedish American Museum

5211 North Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60640



New Nordic Cuisine

March 25 - June 5, 2022

The Museum of Danish America is bringing the story of 21st century Nordic food culture (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden) to museums and communities across the United States. This traveling exhibition explores the values that bring together traditional flavors, local producers, and innovative techniques.

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.

Danish American Archive & 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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