Last updated: 4/10/2012
Elkhorn, Iowa
Street Address
4210 Main Street
Elkhorn, IA 51531
Mailing Address
Box 249
Elkhorn, IA 51531
phone: 712-764-7001
Mid-Sept to Mid-May: M-F:9-5, Sat:10-5, Sun:12-5; Summer until 6 pm
Adults: $3, Children 6-12 years: $1.50
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Dr. John Mark Nielsen, Executive Director
Deb Larsen, The Danish Immigrant Wall of Honor, Donations, Memorial Gifts and Memberships

The Danish Immigrant Museum will tell the story of the Danish immigrants and the Danish-American experience and is organized to collect, preserve, study and interpret their material, culture and traditions.

With paid admission you will also visit the Morning Star Chapel and Jens Dixen Cabin, both located on the museum grounds. You may chose to walk the meandering “Friendship Path” or drive the few short blocks to Bedstemor’s House. This charming Victorian home was built in 1910 and has been authentically restored and decorated to the time in history when it was first built. You may also wish to stop in and visit our Family History and Genealogy Center located on Main Street. You can of course also visit our Museum shop were we sell many excellent pieces of real Danish design and delicacies. Our Lego area with the Lego town is located inside the museum and is a great way to keep children entertained.


The Danish Immigrant Museum is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the Danish people who immigrated to America. Extensive collections of artifacts as well as special temporary and traveling exhibits are on display in a striking, modern half-timbered building situated on 30 acres of plush rolling hills in western Iowa.

Artifact Collections

We have collected artifacts and library materials since 1985, building a collection that currently numbers around 35,000. The collection includes artifacts of all shapes and sizes, and of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about our collections, here are a few suggestions:

  • Read the current Collections Management Policy for both the Museum and for FHGC. These documents provide guidance and standards for all that we do in the Collections and Library Departments.
  • Call the Museum or Family History and Genealogy Center, and ask to speak with staff about our collections.
  • Join the Museum at the $100 level to gain access to View Our Collection where you will be able to peruse more than 30,000 artifact, archival, and library records.
  • Library

    mission: free to museum members; $5 for non-members

    Visitors are always welcome, but if you wish research assistance we strongly urge you to make an appointment in advance.

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes


    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

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