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Elverhoj Museum

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Address: 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93463-2704
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Housed in the former home of a Solvang family, this musuem is devoted...

Housed in the former home of a Solvang family, this musuem is devoted solely to Danish culture and the Danish-American experience.

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A gem of little museum

Tucked away in a residential area of downtown Solvang - don't miss a visit to this really beautiful museum packed with local history and current exhibits.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Ynez
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away in a residential area of downtown Solvang - don't miss a visit to this really beautiful museum packed with local history and current exhibits.

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Pasadena, California
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A cute little museum with interesting art and artifacts. Learn about the history of Solvang and understand how the community has grown and changed. A great experience, and a nice quick stop away from the touristy hub. Well worth the visit.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Solvang, this place is a must visit. It's off the beaten path in a residential area (as the staff explains, that's because it was built as a personal residence by the owners themselves). The Danish culture and old time lifestyle is beautifully laid out in Elverhoj museum - starting with a quaint entryway to the diorama out... More 

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California
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

My boyfriend and I went ahead and checked out the museum to learn a little bit more about the city and the Danish culture. They museum does not charge a fee but they do accept $5 donations. The house/museum was actually made by the husband and wife who were a painter and a sculptor. We were able to look at... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a very interesting museum. It has a lot of Viking artifacts to see along with Danish works within the old house. I thought I knew most things about how Solvang was developed. This museum taught me much more. If like visiting museums, put this close to the top. You will not be disappointed. And its free!

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

This cute Danish museum, Elverhoj Museum of Art and History (means elves on a hill), was previously owned by Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and wife Martha Mott Brandt-Erichsen. He was a sculptor and she was a painter. They donated their home to the preservation of Danish culture of Solvang. This museum is packed with Danish history and explains how Solvang came to... More 

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Redondo Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The museum is free and easy to do at your own pace. Though a few blocks away from all the shopping it is a pleasant walk, even when hot. It well explains how Solvang was founded and came to be the tourist spot it is today.

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Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this small museum housed in one of the original homes of Solvang. Enjoyed the rooms with original furnishings and the historical information provided in each room. The docents were most helpful.

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Santa Monica, California
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14 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Having visited Solvang as a child (with my family) on our way to Disneyland from the Bay Area I was curious to find out more about the history and background of the town, especially since my father was raised in Denmark. This was worth the visit. I learned that Solvang was founded in 1911 by Danes who wanted to establish... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Having grown up in So Ca and visited Solvang growing up many, many times I wanted to dig a bit deeper and learn the history of Solvang. The Elverhoj Museum is an interest visit full of much Danish and local history. Very interesting to walk about and read the history of the area and city's start. It was a warm... More 

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