Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Elverhøj is a quiet gem in the heart of Solvang with a triple focus: documenting the history of Solvang, celebrating Danish culture and the Danish-American immigrant experience, and promoting fine art and artists.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Gally P
    San Diego, California350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcome to Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
    Welcome to Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, its a small but so much history and beautiful Danish Decor and rooms of the past and Style. This Museum is free, but they do have a donation box at the Museum…take your time to soak in the Art and History of this amazing Museum. They also have a gift store to purchase items, I purchased cook books and beautiful Viking Jewelry for sale ….theres a music art section at this time of the great movie artist’s photography of the 70’s not sure if its a limited time but it was pretty awesome….
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Gemini
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Delight!
    We did this on the last day of our trip to Solvang. We almost missed it and I'm glad that we didn't. This is a charming little museum and art gallery. The docent was very helpful and knowledgeable. She answered all of our questions about history and architecture. The pictures on the museum's website are what caught my attention. Check them out and if it looks like something you might be interested in, I highly recommend it! The art gallery section is separate and the day we were there was a photo exhibit of rock 'n' roll stars that we really enjoyed. This museum is a charming little part of Solvang and a great way to learn more about the history of the town. A delightful way to spend an hour or so.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Karen534Andersen
    Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see to learn about the history of Solvang as well as Vikings
    Very interesting and well presented. Strongly recommend visiting this museum while in Solvang. Nicely curated artifacts and cool to walk through the home where one of the first settler families lived. Lots of Danish items that one would find in a Danish home, like the one that I grew up in! Docent/volunteer knew what to point out, although she didn't know the answers to a few of questions.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
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Gemini
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did this on the last day of our trip to Solvang. We almost missed it and I'm glad that we didn't. This is a charming little museum and art gallery. The docent was very helpful and knowledgeable. She answered all of our questions about history and architecture. The pictures on the museum's website are what caught my attention. Check them out and if it looks like something you might be interested in, I highly recommend it! The art gallery section is separate and the day we were there was a photo exhibit of rock 'n' roll stars that we really enjoyed. This museum is a charming little part of Solvang and a great way to learn more about the history of the town. A delightful way to spend an hour or so.
Written August 19, 2023
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Gally P
San Diego, CA350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Welcome to Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, its a small but so much history and beautiful Danish Decor and rooms of the past and Style. This Museum is free, but they do have a donation box at the Museum…take your time to soak in the Art and History of this amazing Museum. They also have a gift store to purchase items, I purchased cook books and beautiful Viking Jewelry for sale ….theres a music art section at this time of the great movie artist’s photography of the 70’s not sure if its a limited time but it was pretty awesome….
Written August 15, 2023
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Natalieonwabash
Denver, CO89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Elverhoj museum is a bit out of the way but don't miss it. It is extremely well done. They have provided a nice balance of information, not too heavy or too much, and displays to tell the story of the early settlers. Good quality gift shop. If you have a short time in Solvang, this is the place to stop to learn why it's all here.
Written February 15, 2020
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Karen534Andersen
Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very interesting and well presented. Strongly recommend visiting this museum while in Solvang. Nicely curated artifacts and cool to walk through the home where one of the first settler families lived. Lots of Danish items that one would find in a Danish home, like the one that I grew up in! Docent/volunteer knew what to point out, although she didn't know the answers to a few of questions.
Written October 16, 2023
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Karen S
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Elverhoj Museum was the hightlight of our trip to Solvang. The history was so interesting. The exhibits were well done and there was a wonderful tour guide that was very pleasant, friendly and answered all our questions. It was free admission with donations accepted. It was easy to find in a quiet part of town. We are so glad we made it a priority to stop here. Small gift shop. Nice area in back yard with seating.
Written October 23, 2022
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Somuchtosee01
Bedford, England601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
I wasn't impressed with Solvang, far too commercialised for me. However, take a relaxing walk away from this and you will find this little gem. A very pleasant lady explained the origins of the museum and gave us plenty of interesting information - without being pushy. The displays were excellent and gave a good insight into the history of Solvang and it's inhabitants.
Well worth the walk - don't miss it!
Written August 11, 2011
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Julie T
Pittsburgh, PA30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
My family of four visited Solvang on July 1, we stopped at the visitor center for some advice on what to see, the woman there directed us to the Elverhoj Museum as they were only open until 4pm that day. We walked the 3 blocks over (on a very hot day) and arrived about 3:45..The door would not open so we knocked - a woman opened the door and sort of let us in but told us they were closed... I said we just came from the visitor center and they said you are open until 4. The woman said yes they are open until 4, I said well it is quarter til, so she said we could stay. We take a few steps inside and the woman working the cash register yells across the room in a very rude voice "we are closed" - I go through the same thing with her about the time.. she then backed off and said that her "watch must be wrong". The woman that opened the door for us ended up being fairly gracious and giving us a little tour but the woman behind the cash register was pretty harsh - I am so surprised that people who had to volunteer to work here would treat visitors this way. We are a suburban white family, the woman who gave us a tour told us its mostly Mexicans in the town now "they work at all of the hotels and restaurants" this came across as very racist to me - at the very least in poor taste. When we left at four on the nose, there were still other visitors milling about inside. The museum itself was very quaint and interesting but other than that the experience was very bad, I would not not think that Solvang would want to be represented in such a manner.
Written July 10, 2018
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WanderingEXHousewife
San Diego, CA206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
So, this is a review of a museum from an admitted anti-museum person. I'm not angry at museums, just a little too ADD to fully appreciate them.

That being said...this one was worth the visit. First of all, you can donate an amount that correlates with what you will get out of the experience. I'm up with that. Second, this place is quality...both visually and in content. Somebody didn't just throw this place together...the exhibits are thorough and extremely well done. Being attention deprived, I like living exhibits and we were treated to a live lace-making demonstration by the cutest docent woman. Very cool. The art here is the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, the kitchen (which sounds like it was something to see) was recently flooded and was under renovation. The little bit we did see - carved and painted wood cabinets - was adorable and authentic.

It's worth the small effort to get here...slow down and enjoy the walk through Solvang's neighborhood side streets.
Written August 6, 2010
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fungramma51
CA184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This is a gem you shouldn't miss. It is small but has a lot of interesting times from the early days of the Danish settlement in Solvang. They also have a small art gallery. The docents were great and very quick to show, and explain things to the children. It is also free.
Written July 7, 2018
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Melissa S
Phoenixville, PA338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
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 be. You can easily enjoy the whole museum in a hour. Make sure to explore the gift shop area before heading out - unique items that would make great gifts for friends and relatives.
Written December 23, 2016
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