Hans Christian Andersen Museum Highlights

Exhibits and displays depicting:
  • Andersen's life and work
  • Jenny Lind, the beloved singer known throughout the world as "the Swedish Nightingale" Andersen's unrequited love
  • Jean Hersholt, Hollywood philanthropist, Dr. Christian of radio fame, noted Andersen scholar
  • Model of Andersen's childhood home.
  • "The Princess and the Pea" model by local artist Carl Jacobson
  • Handcrafted Andersen doll, complete with miniature book, designed and made by Danish doll maker Kirsten Gynther Eriksen
  • Antique tools for making wooden shoes (similar to those used by Andersen's father)

Hundreds of volumes of Andersen's tales

  • Many first and early editions
  • Many illustrated editions, including Edmund Dulac, W. Heath Robinson, Kate Greenaway, Hans Tegner, Anne Anderson and a special exhibit of Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen
  • Many in Danish, including beautifully bound sets and individual volumes.

Other Literary Works

  • Andersen also wrote travel journals, plays, novels, poetry

Original letters and photographs

  • Poetry and correspondence written in Andersen's spidery script
  • Photographs of Andersen at various times of his life

Andersen artwork

  • Whimsical, delicate cutouts were created by Andersen for the amusement of friends and their children. 
  • Our logo is a figure by Andersen, representing the classic pantomime character Pierrot.
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