Exhibits Across Danish America


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A/NT Gallery

305 Harrison St

Seattle, WA 98109

Exhibit - Welcome to My World - Bjoern T.M. Larsen

Now through November 26, 2021

Welcome To My World, an exhibition by local Danish artist Bjoern T.M. Larsen is open from November 4th to November 26th at the A/NT Gallery.

There is an open reception from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, November 6th (this is a free event!)

The A/NT Gallery is located at 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way

Solvang, CA 93463

Exhibit - Widening Circles: Landscape Portraits of Solvang

Now through January 9, 2022

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is excited to announce the September 18th debut of Widening Circles: Landscape Portraits of Solvang, a new gallery exhibition with works by accomplished Santa Ynez Valley artists Chris Chapman and John Iwerks. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday September 25 from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited to attend and celebrate art at the first Elverhøj event since February 2020!


The art on view focuses on the sites and structures located on the 8,883-acre parcel purchased in 1911 to establish a new Danish colony in the Santa Ynez Valley. The land extended far beyond present-day Solvang and, along with the layers of history, provides the inspiration for this exhibition.


Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way

Solvang, CA 93463

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.

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way

Solvang, CA 93463

Previous Exhibitions


Previous exhibitions at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art


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

Papirklip: A Global and Timeless Art

Opening November 26

From the time paper was invented, people have realized that they can cut it to create intricate images and patterns. This new exhibition will celebrate the Danish traditional craft of papirklip. Featuring many contemporary artists, Papirklip places the art of papercutting in a global and historical context while highlighting the Danish styles that have been passed through generations.

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.


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

Virtual Exhibit

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

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Traditions & Change: Weddings in Danish America

Now through 2021

Does your family have wedding traditions that have been passed down through generations? Are there specific foods that have to be served, songs that need to be played? Are there certain outfits or colors that the couple should wear? This exhibit looks at the weddings of Danes and Danish Americans, both past and present. As cultural and often religious celebrations, weddings were a way of keeping some traditions alive, but also served as an opportunity to adapt and incorporate new customs. A wedding is a celebration, so come celebrate love with us as you explore Danish-American wedding fashions, food, music, and more!

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

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

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

Louis Jensen - Square Stories

Temporary Exhibit

Louis Jensen (1943-2021) set out to create 1001 "Square Stories," which are short works of fiction that he formatted into a square. The project began in 1992 and the stories have a diverse range of themes and characters.

Originally published in Denmark, Lise Kildegaard, Professor of English at Luther College, has been working on translating the stories into English and generously shared her translations for this installation.

Explore a selection of these Square Stories as you walk through the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park!

Lise was the featured Brown Bag Lunch speaker for May 2021 - listen to her speak more about Louis Jensen, Square Stories, and her translation project here.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

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.

Hjemkomst Heritage Center

202 1st Ave North

Moorhead, MN

New Nordic Cuisine

November 20, 2021 through March 7, 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.

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 Elkhorn, 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

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.

National Nordic Museum

2655 NW Market St

Seattle, WA 98107

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories

October 28, 2021-January 31, 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.

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

Cultural & Heritage Center

855 New Durham Rd.

Edison, NJ 08817

Snapshots: Traveling with the Poet H.C. Andersen

NFDA Traveling Exhibit

Coming Soon to the Cultural & Heritage Center - Edison, NJ


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.”

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.

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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