Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Hans Christian Andersen Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Gally P
San Diego, CA350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We took a little vacation to Solvang, CA and while their we visited the Hans Museum, the author of the little mermaid
There is also a mermaid water fall outside in Solvang, CA its much smaller in person but still pretty cool.
As for the Hans Museum, it is upstairs it’s the Book Store and no access for a person in wheel chair, It is quite small but very informative
And historical info in regards to Hans C. Andersen Museum. They also have a used book section upstairs and a lot of new books and its a pretty cool book store.
Written 15 August 2023
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Michael B
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Really - this is a lovely little bookstore. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is part of it and has a lot of interesting artifacts. It's a really old world feel and we enjoyed it. It doesn't really cost anything either (but we left a donation).
Written 1 March 2024
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tammyjewel628
Houston, TX273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
If you are fan of his works, then you should go. It's difficult to find and parking is challenging. There is a museum at his home, we ended up there first, so it can be confusing. It's a bit of a walk from the garage although not super bad and I don't walk much, but be aware. The museum is interesting and layed out well. Somewhat interactive. The gift shop is good: I wish they had more choices for Christmas ornaments.
Written 8 October 2022
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SeanStWi
Merced, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This museum is a small upstairs area but packed with interesting information about HCA. Check out the other areas of the book store too for some unexpected great finds. I picked up two books written by former NBA stars which my son loved, and found too many history and science books to count that I found intriguing.
Written 26 July 2022
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Thangam M
Chennai1,460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Solvang is a charming, quaint little town founded by Danish Americans from the Midwest, firmly committed to preserving Danish heritage, culture and traditions. In 1910 they bought 9,000 acres here to establish a Danish colony. The first settlers came in 1911 and named their new town Solvang, which means "Sunny Field" in Danish.

Fairy-tale weaver Hans Christian Andersen was a native of Odense in Denmark, revered in his native land as quite their own Shakespeare. A much loved Dane who left behind a huge legacy of cherished work, he is virtually a patron-saint of the Dutch community here in Solvang. Therefore, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum here is exactly where it ought to be.

The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Nightingale, The Snow Queen - If you like me grew up reading and loving Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, the tiny two-room Hans Christian Andersen Museum is definitely for you!

The museum is administered by The Ugly Duckling Foundation, a non-profit that aims to popularize the enjoyment and understanding of Hans Andersen’s works. The museum is located directly above the bookshop called The Book Loft on Mission Drive. Open from 10am to 5pm, admission to the museum is free.

The place is small, but is packed with information and fascinating nuggets about Andersen’s personal life and work. A larger than life bust of Denmark’s most loved story teller welcomes visitors to the museum.

Displays take the viewer through his lonely life including his unanswered love for his muse, the singer Jenny Lind who was known the world over as the “Swedish Nightingale”. Jenny saw Andersen as a “brother” and not a lover. In fact, an exhibit details the women in Andersen’s life, Jenny Lind included – here was a man who despite his many talents, seems to have been sadly unlucky in love.

On display are first editions of Andersen’s books including illustrated volumes, original letters, personal poetry and an exquisitely handcrafted miniature model of his childhood home. Yet another model showcases the story of the “The Princess and the Pea”, with the story presented in full by its side.

There are displays of paper cuttings – a lesser known talent of the author was using scissors to fashion intricate paper patterns that he offered to children and adults even as he captivated them with his stories. It is said that as he narrated his stories, he would be cutting folded paper – and by the time he came to the end of his story and unfolded the paper, there would be a pretty papercut scene to behold.

Andersen’s father was a shoemaker who did try to influence his young son to become a tailor or weaver. In a nod to Andersen senior, the museum has a space devoted to the shoemaker’s tools that would have been needed to make the traditional wooden shoes one immediately associates with Denmark.

Hans Andersen was indeed a remarkable man – a hundred and fifty years after his passing, he continues to bring joy to people across the world with his timeless fairytales that transcend age, gender and nationality.

A tidbit that speaks volumes about the man – apparently, a short while before he died, Andersen advised a composer about the music for his funeral: “Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with little steps.”

In essence, The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is what you make of it. Speaking for myself, I enjoyed this compact space and all that it had to offer about a writer whose books were such an enjoyable part of my childhood – truth be told, even as a senior, I am still partial to his work!
Written 13 January 2019
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pmjc
Tucson, AZ797 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
I guess it makes sense because HCAnderson was essentially an author, but I thought there would be more displays of items other than books and written letters. Somewhere I had read that there was a display of the bed from "The Princess and the Pea" and my assumption was that it would be life size. Well, try 6 inches high. So I was disappointed.
Written 19 June 2018
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Darkdivine
Running Springs, CA153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
I'm giving them an "A" for effort. It is a really small display room and it's in a dusty upstairs back room. I love the smell of old bookstores and my husband and I enjoyed looking around the book collection and learning more about Hans. The lady sitting back there was sweet. If you are walking around Solvang it's worth popping in getting a cup of coffee and looking around. Not really something you want to make a special trip for though. Since it's FREE I'm giving it an Excellent rating. I mean... why not?
Written 3 September 2013
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Joeysdoll
Chandler, AZ185 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
We spent about an hour in the museum and looked at everything. The exhibits were mostly typed descriptions and photos stuck to poster board. Everything was dusty and the room, upstairs above the store, was poorly lit. The stairs climbing up are steep and there appears to be no handicapped access.

I have been to other museums and there are ways to make displays more attractive. Perhaps more attention to maintenance is in order here.

They did have lots of information about the author and most of his books for sale.

If you want to buy reading material in Solvang, this is the place to come.
Written 17 February 2013
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AnitaNewportBch
Los Angeles, CA3,971 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Quaint kitschy tow - but with a lovely museum of Hans Christian Andersen's - history and books pop books - and who would have expected Warhol prints? Such a surprising collection!
Written 24 August 2021
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GJ P
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The HC Andersen-Museum tells a lot about the life of HCA but little about his fairy tales. You can then visit his house and birth house, but then you hear the same thing 3 times. So with small children, Legoland seems a better option.
Written 1 July 2019
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Sorry, 212gjp, it looks like your review is for the museum in Denmark. We are the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Solvang, CA. And while there is a Legoland in California, and it is fun for children, it isn't anywhere near us. Would you consider removing your comment since it isn't a representation of our museum? Thank you.
Written 24 July 2019
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