(Elk Horn) The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn is offering free admission for the month of January.
Tova Brandt, Albert Ravenholt Curator of Danish-American Culture, said they have a lot of changes going on at the museum and that affects what is on view for visitors so they decided to waive admission this month while they are doing the gallery transitions.
“We still want to encourage people to visit the museum, but we recognize that there is not as much to see in a finished state as there usually is here at the museum,” explained Brandt.
The museum’s core exhibition is still on display and that tells the overall story of why the Danes decided to leave Denmark, how they came to the United States, and how they settled into new lives from the early 19th Century to the present day. The Victor Borge piano and touch screen kiosk is still available and the museum shop is still open.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Danish America is preparing two new exhibitions in their galleries.
“One is an exhibit about the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, he is a famous Dane from the 19th Century and so we’re going to be exploring his legacy,” stated Brandt. “The other exhibit is about the region between Denmark and Germany called Schleswig-Holstein. A lot of people in this area of Iowa immigrated from Schleswig-Holstein either from Danish communities or German communities. So, we’re going to look at that regional history and how it connects to the immigrants who came to the United States. It’s a century’s long story, but a fascinating one.”
Tova Brandt said they are also making good progress on their ongoing construction project for the new curatorial museum addition.