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Goldstein Museum of Design, St. Paul, MN:  February 1 - April 27, 2014

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA: May 16 - August 31, 2014

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA: March 28 - June 21, 2015

Explore the wonderful furniture and housewares designed in Denmark after World War II.  What inspired the designers who are still famous for their works?  How were these pieces introduced to American consumers?  From the Peacock Chair to the Flowerpot Lamp, immerse yourself in this classic period of Danish design. 

This exhibition is supported by the Albert V. Ravenholt Fund, the Chrystal Wagner estate, Humanities Iowa, the Direktor Ib Henriksens Fond, Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust, and by gifts in memory of Duane M. Skow.

Exhibit catalogs for Danish Modern: Design for Living are available in the Museum Shop. 


Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border

On view at the German American Heritage Center from September 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015

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). 


Traveling Exhibit Menu 

The Museum of Danish America has a number of smaller traveling exhibitions that can visit your community, appropriate for libraries, schools, lodges, museums, or other public spaces. Please contact Tova Brandt, Albert Ravenholt Curator of Danish-American Culture, for more details on any of the displays listed below. (712-764-7001 or dkcur@metc.net)

Click here for an updated list of traveling displays.


Søren Kierkegaard: The Global Dane 

As a theologian, philosopher and author, Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is one of the most influential figures of the 19th century, and his influence continues to be felt around the globe.  This exhibition, prepared for the bicentennial of Kierkegaard’s birth, explores his life and work.  Whether a viewer is seeking a new introduction to Kierkegaard or renewing and old acquaintance, this exhibition encourages an understanding of both the man and his ideas.  The English-language text is by Kierkegaard scholar Joakim Garff.


Jens Jensen: Celebrating the Native Prairie

Danish immigrant Jens Jensen became a leading figure in landscape architecture during the early 20th century. Emphasizing the use of native plants and natural materials, his designs and philosophies continue to influence gardeners and landscapers today. Learn more about Jensen's life, work, and legacy in this five-panel traveling display.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Victor Borge: A Smile is the Shortest Distance

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Victor Borge’s birth, The Danish Immigrant Museum worked in conjunction with the Borge family to develop a display that travels across the country and shares a brief synopsis of Borge’s private and professional life. Two video elements share clips of his performances, and panels contain numerous photographs.

Danish Gymnastics in America

DAAC tour of Denmark. A three-panel display presents the history of Danish gymnastics in Denmark, in Danish-American communities, and around the globe. This display accompanied the United States tour of the National Danish Performance Team from October 2010 to January 2011, and is now available for lending to other communities.








Denmark October 1943: Rescue of the Danish Jews


A series of framed posters tells the story of the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II, the increasing threat to Jewish citizens, and the efforts of thousands of Danes to bring their Jewish neighbors to safety in Sweden.






 The Danish Pioneer

Five tall banners tell the story of "The Danish Pioneer" newspaper (Den Danske Pioneer), using photographs and text to trace the newspaper from its beginnings in Omaha in 1872 to the current publication based in Chicago.  Viewers will see for themselves how the style and content of the newspaper evolved over time, and come face-to-face with the people who shaped its history.  

Developed in partnership with the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska, and funded by a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council.


Church Basements and Children's Homes: Danish-American Missions Here and Abroad

A portable banner display explores the connections between Danish-American churches and the mission work they supported around the globe - and sometimes in their own backyard. The Elim Children's Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, will be featured, as well as missions in Japan, India, and Sudan. This display will be available April 2011 through 2013.

This traveling exhibition is made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.