Exhibits Across Danish America


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Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way

Solvang, CA 93463

Exhibit - Rhythm & Movement

October 8, 2022 - January 22, 2023


Aristides Demetrios, Seyburn Zorthian

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10028

Beyond the Light: Identity & Place in 19th-Century Danish Art

January 26, 2023 - April 16, 2023

During an era marked by military defeat, financial collapse, and national disintegration, 19th-century artists in Denmark intensely studied themselves and their culture to portray a sense of belonging and displacement. Featuring drawings, oil sketches, and paintings from public and private collections in Copenhagen, New York, and Los Angeles, this exhibition is the first to elucidate how Danish artists depicted the extent and limits of their nation.


Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Statens Museum for Kunst.

J Paul Getty Museum

1200 Getty Center Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Beyond the Light: Identity & Place in 19th-Century Danish Art

May 23, 2023 - August 20, 2023

During an era marked by military defeat, financial collapse, and national disintegration, 19th-century artists in Denmark intensely studied themselves and their culture to portray a sense of belonging and displacement. Featuring drawings, oil sketches, and paintings from public and private collections in Copenhagen, New York, and Los Angeles, this exhibition is the first to elucidate how Danish artists depicted the extent and limits of their nation.


Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Statens Museum for Kunst.

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

40 Years of Collecting: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

November 25, 2022 through 2023

In 2023, the Museum of Danish America is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over those 40 years, the museum has undergone a lot of changes — it’s become more professional, a curatorial center has been added, and the museum’s collection has grown to around 22,000 objects, not including our archival collection. The exhibition 40 Years of Collecting: Highlights from the Permanent Collection offers an opportunity to see what 40 years of collecting looks like and the artifacts and stories that live within the walls of our museum.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Joyce Tennyson: Great Danes

Through May 31, 2023

We're proud to announce that Joyce Tenneson’s 'Great Danes' is open for visitors.

Tenneson is an internationally renowned photographer, best known for her Wise Women series. This exhibit showcases 20 photographs in the Great Danes series, which was commissioned by the U.S. State Department in 1990. For this series, she utilized the Polaroid 20x24 camera, an exceptionally unique, large-scale camera – only 6 cameras were ever created!

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

Roger Nielsen: Celebrating My Heritage

June 25, 2022 - November 2, 2022

"Celebrating My Heritage is really a collection of paintings illustrating the pride and love I have for my relatives, both past and present. Viewers will see a variety of family portraits referenced from old, faded pictures, as well as from life and current photos. I have scenes of my father’s birth farm and landscapes from photos I’ve taken on my trips to Denmark. I’ve also paid tribute to the Skagen Painters and the Golden Age of Danish Painting.

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.

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.”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

October 9, 2022 - February 5, 2023

Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980 is the first exhibition to examine the extensive design exchanges between the United States and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) during the 20th century.

Anna Zorina Gallery

734 E 3rd St

Los Angeles, CA

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

October 27 - December 3, 2022

Anna Zorina Gallery is pleased to present "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers" a group show of five female artists from various parts of the world whose works symbolize the essence of Emily Dickinson’s poem Hope Is The Thing with Feathers

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National Hellenic Museum

333 S Halsted St

Chicago, IL

RESILIENCE By HRH Prince Nikolaos

September 16 - December 30

An accomplished photographer who has exhibited his work internationally since 2015,

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark is presenting 19 new works as part of Chicago's

National Hellenic Museum exhibition, exploring Greece’s strong relationship with nature including the olive tree, grapevines and the sea. The exhibition is also featuring the North American premiere of Together, an immersive scene of life-size illuminated, embracing olive trees accompanied by sounds of Greek nature, which first premiered at the London Design Biennale in 2021.

National Nordic Museum

2655 NW Market St

Seattle, WA 98107

Thomas Dambo's Nordic Swan

July 7, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Dambo created this outdoor sculpture of Denmark's national bird from 300 recycled plastic buckets to illustrate the country’s commitment to recycling and sustainability. The transformation of trash into a thing of beauty communicates the potential of discarded materials and recalls the story of The Ugly Duckling, penned by Hans Christian Andersen in the 19th century. Today, the swan is also symbolic of environmentally friendly products due its use as an ecolabel introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1989 and widely recognizable to Nordic consumers today.

National Nordic Museum

2655 NW Market St

Seattle, WA 98107

What Does It Mean to be Nordic?

July 19, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Participants with Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Sámi, and Swedish roots discuss Nordic cultural emphases on openness, social justice, innovation, and a connection to nature. In the Nordic America gallery upstairs, a second video examines how those values are upheld among Americans with Nordic ancestry.

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Drive

Portland, OR 97223

Crafts of Christmas

November 19, 2022 - January 1, 2023

This season, we are highlighting the crafts of the Nordic countries that mark the Christmas season. Crafts are an important part of celebrating the Christmas season in the Nordic countries. Often derived from traditions that have existed for hundreds of years, the Nordic countries are known to go all-out on their celebrations of Christmas. From the Jul Hearts of Denmark or the Gävle straw goats of Sweden, craft traditions from these countries ring in the season. Come to Nordic to see a spectacular display and a chance to learn more about each of the countries’ traditions!

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Drive

Portland, OR 97223

New Nordic Cuisine

January 9 - March 27, 2023

This exhibition focuses on a Nordic value-driven food system that has captured the attention of world-famous chefs and home cooks alike over the past 15 years.

​The 2004 Nordic Food Manifesto articulated a set of values for approaching food through the lenses of local production, seasonality, ethical production, and innovation. The manifesto has sparked a robust dialog about food culture, both in the Nordic countries and around the world. By examining Nordic food trends in a light-hearted, interactive format, this exhibition introduces visitors to contemporary Nordic food and its driving values today.

​Accompanying the exhibition is the Nordic Cuisine YouTube channel, which brings stories to people from recipe demonstrations to restaurant tours, to interviews with influential chefs and foodies.

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Drive

Portland, OR 97223

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink

April 1, 2023 - July 1, 2023

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.

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. We’ll explore the ways individual and group identities are formed, reinforced, and celebrated through tattoos. Of course, there is a Scandinavian connection–with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, the question of whether or not Vikings had tattoos, and the rise of a whole modern Neo-Nordic style of tattooing. But the exhibition also allows us to explore more deeply the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and our connections to them.

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

On the Arctic Edge - Artists Explore the Far North

October 21, 2022 - January 28, 2023

Artists Explore the Far North presents three contemporary photo-based artists whose work traverses the regions of the Arctic Circle to probe themes ranging from time and memory, to landscape and the built environment, to science and mythology, to our changing climate: Marion Belanger, Clare Benson, and Steve Giovinco. 

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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