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.

School Groups

The Museum of Danish America is now offering several new options of educational cultural heritage experiences in art, social studies, language arts and science for all grade levels. We make learning fun while meeting education standards! While we have some educational packages pre-planned, we are also happy to work with you to customize your trip if you have a specific learning goal in mind.

Register for a Field Trip and Program

Visiting the museum is a fun and educational field trip! You can add enrichment to your trip with a hands-on learning program led by our museum staff. You are welcome to visit for an hour or make a day of it by combining multiple learning programs to extend your stay. Feel free to check out a virtual tour of the museum here to see some things we have:

Programs are typically offered Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 12:00pm during the school year, but arrangements can be made to include afternoon programming. If registering for more than one program, bundle discounts are available. Admission for teachers and chaperones is free. For more information or to plan your visit, please contact Alissa LaCanne, Youth and Community Educator, by email or phone (712) 764-7010.

School Year Offerings

School Tour trunk

Danish Immigration and History  Sept – May

Grades: 1 -12, Subject: Social Studies, Hours: 1-1.25*, Cost: $3/student

This program will be tailored for all grade levels to include activities and experiences that explore Danish culture and immigration during the turn of the 20th century. Students will learn about the journey to America, the immigration experience at Ellis Island and will compare and contrast life in that time period to the present.

*Weather permitting, this tour will also include a viewing of the Jens Dixen Cabin, a historic one-room cabin from South Dakota, furnished to reflect the lifestyle of a Danish immigrant and school teacher.

Bedstemor’s House and Genealogy Center  Sept - May

Grades: 3-12, Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts, Hours: 1, Cost: $3/student

Journey through Bedstemor’s House, (Danish for grandmother), a 2-level historic 1908 home restored to its original period. Students will tour the home, learn the differences and similarities between past and present times and watch a 12-minute video which tells the story of the home’s builder, its history of residents, and the local efforts to restore the house.

The Genealogy Center has one of the largest collections of materials on Danish immigrants in the US, 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 Genealogy Center covers the wide variety of resources available as well as building amenities.

Seasonal Offerings

Interview with a Danish Intern  Sept - Dec

Grades: 3-12, Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts, Hours: 30 minutes, Cost: $2/student

What is it like to live in Denmark today? How is the US seen from a European perspective? The museum has the pleasure of hosting an intern, Anders Jørgensen, who is fluent in English and is willing to answer questions about life in Denmark. Anders has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history and has a lifelong fascination with American culture, politics, and history.

Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park  Sept - Oct

School Group prairie

Grades: 1-12, Subject: Social Studies, Science, Hours: 1, Cost: $3/student

Students have the opportunity to interact with nature in this outdoor classroom setting. Learn about prairie preservation, restoration and history while you learn how to identify different plants and animals. Your visit will also include the rest of the museum grounds - the Jens Dixen Cabin, Green Roof and Danish-designed outdoor exercise equipment, which are all unique to our community.

Roger Nielsen: Celebrating My Heritage  Sept - Oct

Grades: 1-12, Subject: Language Arts, Hours: 1*, Cost: $3/student

Students will be led by museum staff through this temporary exhibition which is a collection of paintings the artist created to share his family’s story of the transition from being Danish immigrants to Danish-Americans. Labels accompany each painting and were written by the artist to offer insight into his family’s story as well as his own personal experiences and connections. As students go through this exhibit, they will consider their own family history. We will then meet in the dining room to do a creative writing exercise. Students will think of a person or place that has had an impact on their family. If they were to paint that image, what would the label accompanying their painting read?

*In addition, this tour could also meet art education standards by having students return to their art classroom with their instructor and create the painting they imagined to go along with their label. 

Pre-K Story Time in the Galleries - 30 minute programs throughout the school year for our youngest visitors! Programs are $1 per student and include a short story and activities to go along with a current exhibition either indoors or outside depending on the time of year. Examples of activities include: Eye Spy, Playful Poses, LEGO play, Prairie Walks, Danish crafts and more!

Traveling Exhibits

Why not have one of our traveling exhibits visit your school?

For more information visit our Exhibits page or contact