Esther Jacobsen Bates
1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA 93463
Text the word: ELVERHOJ To: 72727
Hours of OperationMuseum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Elverhoj Museum of History & Art is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Danish culture and history of Solvang, CA and to the promotion of the arts. The Museum features permanent exhibits on the history of Danish Immigration, Solvang's founding and growth as well as a gallery featuring a wide range of exhibits. Check the Museum website for current exhibit information. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
The Museum is located in the hand-built home of Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife, Martha "Patt" Mott. VIggo was an internationally recognized painter and sculptor and Patt was an accomplished painter and art teacher. In 1949 the Brandt-Erichsens began building their home in the classic "half-timber" style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Jutland in northern Denmark. Ornamental wrought ironwork, a carved redwood main entry door, carved fireplace surround and hand-painted folk art panels are a few of the permanent imprints on display from this remarkable family.
Donated by the family in 1985, the Elverhoj Museum opened to the public in May of 1988 and is today, is one of the few museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture and the Danish-American experience.