We welcome large groups at the museum, including reunions, field trips, group outings, and more. 

Groups of 20 or more pay an admission price of $4 each, which gives entrance to the museum, Jens Dixen Homesteader’s Cabin, and Bedstemor’s House. One “comp” is given for groups of 20 or more; two “comps” for groups of 25 or more.

To best plan your group visit, please call the museum in advance at (712) 764-7001.

Field Trips

The Museum of Danish America's educational programs are hands-on experiences that can be tailored to most grade levels in a variety of subjects including art, social studies, language arts and science. (Iowa Core Standards fulfilled are available upon request). If registering for more than one program, bundle discounts are available. To get a sneak peek of what MoDA has to offer, check out a virtual tour here:

The Danish-American Immigrant Experience

Fees: $2/student

Program Length: 2 hours

Immigration Trunk

Our most popular tour begins at the Museum and includes activities and experiences that explore immigration and the Danish-American culture during the turn of the 20th century. Students will learn about the journey to America, the immigration experience at Ellis Island and have a hands-on presentation packing a Danish immigrant's trunk for his trip from Denmark to Iowa.

Next, we will journey to Bedstemor's House (Danish for grandmother), a 2-level historic home restored to its original period. Students will step into the world of early 20th century immigrants, discuss the differences and similarities between past and present times, learn the story of the home's builder, its history of residents, and the efforts to restore the house.

Last stop is the Genealogy & Education Center which houses one of the largest collections of resource materials on Danish immigrants in the U.S., including many rare and unique items. The Center is open to the public for family and local history research and has assisted many individuals in finding links to their past. Tours of the Center cover the wide variety of resources available as well as the exhibition space.

Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park

Jens Dixen Cabin

Fees: $1/student

Program Length: 1 hour

Students have the opportunity to interact with nature in this outdoor classroom setting. Hands-on learning programs led by our museum staff could include any of the following topics - prairie preservation, restoration and history, identifying different plants and animals, seed collection, soil testing and comparison, etc. Other outdoor opportunities on museum grounds are the Jens Dixen Cabin - a historic one-room cabin from South Dakota furnished to reflect the lifestyle of a Danish immigrant and schoolteacher, the Green Roof, a wetland and Danish-designed exercise equipment, which are all unique to our community.

Story Time in the Galleries

Fees: $1/student

Program Length: 30 minutes

Programs throughout the school year for even our youngest visitors, which includes a short story and activities to go along with current exhibitions either indoors or outside on the prairie. Examples of activities include: Eye Spy, Playful Poses, LEGO play, Prairie Walks, Danish crafts and more!

Explore additional Danish traditions and experiences

We're happy to discuss tailoring your field trip with other cultural options in Elk Horn, the largest rural Danish settlement in the U.S. Visit for an hour or make a day of it by combining multiple learning programs to include the Museum of Danish America, the Danish Windmill, Kringle Man Bakery, and more!

For more information or to plan your visit, please contact Alissa LaCanne, Youth and Community Educator, by phone (712) 764-7008 or email

Traveling Exhibits

Why not have one of our traveling exhibits visit your school?  For more information visit our Exhibits page or contact