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Current Exhibitions


Danish Children Growing Up American
On view through April 4, 2015
Organized by the Danish American Archive & Library in Blair, Nebraska, this exhibit presents photographs of Danish immigrant children at play, at school, and in all facets of early 20th century life.  The photographs are accompanied by children's toys, clothing, and furniture from the museum's collection for a celebration of childhood.  



Photography by Diana Velasco: Two Nationalities
On view through March 15, 2015

The exhibition “Photography by Diana Velasco: Two Nationalities” presents a series of photographs exploring individuals who grew up with parents of two different nationalities – as Velasco herself did, with a Danish mother and Spanish father.  This poses a particular challenge of personal identity in Denmark, where dual citizenship is not permitted at this time.  The exhibition is organized by the Denmark Immigration Museum outside of Copenhagen; in addition to the Museum of Danish America, this exhibit will travel to the West Chicago Public Museum (West Chicago, IL) and the Nordic Heritage Museum (Seattle, WA).  

Support for this exhibition and for an artist-in-residency with Diana Velasco comes from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Exploring Danish Happiness
On view through April 30, 2015
Denmark frequently makes news as “one of the happiest countries on Earth,” but what does that really mean?  How does one measure the “science of happiness?”  A group of researchers in Denmark formed the Happiness Research Institute and created an exhibition to share their findings.  This 10-panel exhibition is on view at the museum in the new multimedia room.  As of summer 2015, it will be available to travel to other organizations throughout the country; contact curator Tova Brandt to inquire about borrowing this exhibit for your community.   



Ongoing Exhibitions

Across Oceans, Across Time®

Our permanent exhibition entitled Across Oceans, Across Time® shares the story of early Danish immigrants to the United States. Through text, photographs, and artifacts, visitors learn of the factors that influenced decisions to immigrate, the challenges they faced and their accomplishments, and the lasting legacy of those brave travelers.

The expanded portion of this exhibition opened in 2008, and brings the story to the present day. The “Redesign” begins with the occupation during World War II and shares a more contemporary side of the immigration story, still with many of the same challenges as in generations past. This portion of the exhibit features hands-on components as well as audio and video segments, in addition to artifacts from the museum’s collection.

The expansion also includes a Lego play area. Play tables act as building stations and have drawers full of all sizes, shapes, and colors of Legos. A small Lego city and train set —the perfect area to keep small children busy for hours!

Learn about the impact that Danish immigrants and their descendants had and continued to have in American society, and about the strong relationship that exists between the two countries.


Genealogy Center Exhibits

Each year the Genealogy Center displays a photo exhibit in the lobby during the summer months. The exhibits feature photographs shared by museum members as well as ones from the Genealogy Center collection.

The 2014 photo exhibit was "Veterans of 1864," showcasing Danish immigrants who fought in the Dano-Prussian War. For further information contact Michele at 712.764.7008 or at librarian@danishmuseum.org.



Online Exhibitions

Experience the collections and stories of Danish America ONLINE!  You can explore highlights from the museum in Sampling the Collection, the newest online exhibition on this website.  Click the title to visit that page, or find it under the Online Media menu above.