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Current Exhibitions


Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery

On view through November 9, 2014

An exhibition of art pottery and paintings organized by the Museum of Danish America with guest curator Annemarie Sawkins, Ph.D.

Jens Jensen immigrated from Denmark in 1927 and took a position as a decorator at the world-renowned Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Whether working as a decorator of art pottery of as a painter, Jensen's unique style not only inspired his colleagues but left a legacy clearly influenced by this European roots and modern sensibilities.

Rookwood pottery is on loan from the collection of Riley Humler and Annie Bauer.  Paintings by Jensen are on loan from the Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

This exhibition was funded in part with a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

"Nude Vases, Cubist Faces" will be on view at the Dubuque Museum of Art from December 13, 2014 through March 1, 2015.


Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border


On view at the Museum of Danish America from February 22 through September 1, 2014

On view at the German American Heritage Center from September 27 through December 31, 2014


For centuries, the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein (in Danish, Slesvig and Holsten) have been both a bridge and a borderland between Scandinavia and continental Europe.  Located on the southern end of the Jutland peninsula, the region has been home to Danish, German, and Frisian peoples.  By the early 19th century, nationalistic tensions in Schleswig-Holstein reflected power struggles between larger European nations.  Events in this small corner of the world have re-shaped the boundaries between nations and inspired waves of both Danish- and German-speaking immigrants to the United States. 

“Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border” is supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The views and opinions expressed by this exhibit do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional support for the traveling version of this exhibit is provided by the Albert V. Ravenholt Fund and the Danish Sisterhood Lodge #15 (Wisconsin). 



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 is "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.