Tourist Attractions in The Danish Villages
The Danish Windmill is an authentic windmill imported from Denmark. The windmill was built in Denmark 1848 and reassembled in Elk Horn in 1976. Learn more about how it was brought to The Danish Villages and how windmills work by touring this special addition to our communities. Our mill also boasts the largest Danish import gift shop in the United States.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.
Phone: 1-800-451-7960 or 712-764-7472, Fax: 712-764-7475
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Museum of Danish America
The Museum of Danish America takes you on a journey following the path that many immigrants took to the United States from Denmark. Explore the rich heritage of Danish Americans and join in their immigration story.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.
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The Little Mermaid
In 1974, the Progressive Danes of Kimballton bought a mermaid statue sculpted in cold cast bronze by two college students in Modesto, CA. This statue is a replica of the famous Little Mermaid that stands in the Copenhagen harbor and honors the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Little Mermaid". For twenty years, The Little Mermaid statue sat on her rock. As she started to deteriorate, new funds were solicited to have her recast in bronze. In 2008, the statue and the Hans Christian Andersen Park were rededicated during Kimballton's Quasquicentennial Celebration. The Little Mermaid Park also includes the Audubon County Freedom Rock.
Troy Muller, Art Director of New Century Art Guild in Kimballton, designed and created eight sculptures based on short stories written by Hans Christian Andersen. The beautiful new sculptures now enhance the Kimballton garden surrounding The Little Mermaid. Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Company provides a call-in service where visitors can dial 712-773-4267 (HANS) to listen to a menu and hear a 3 minute synopsis of each fairytale themed sculpture.
Danish Countryside Vines & Wines
Danish Countryside Vines & Wines invites you to visit them at their farm. The winery is a completely renovated European style barn where they master creating their fine wines. Offering tours of the winery and vineyard, they share the process of making wine and explaining vitaculture practices. Taste a selection of Danish Countryside's wine on the balcony that overlooks the vineyard.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, Closed Monday.
New Century Art Guild
The New Century Art Guild is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of artistic culture and development of art-related careers in the Midwest, especially those of military veterans wishing to make new careers in visual arts. The guild supports and operates 3 buildings that feature over 4,000 square feet of studio and gallery space. The galleries are located on Main Street of Kimballton, IA. Please call for an appointment or for details of upcoming art workshops.
Operated by The Museum of Danish America, this authentic Danish Grandmother's house has been restored to its original 1908 Victorian period and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hours: Daily 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Family History & Genealogy Center
The research library of The Museum of Danish America, this center offers translation and research services and has a significant collection of background materials.
May 1st-November 1st Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
December 1st-April 30th Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Please schedule other times by appointment.
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Lloyd Petersen Ballpark
Located on the East side of Kimballton, Lloyd Petersen Ballpark is the hub of activity all summer, both baseball and softball. From Pee-Wee games to adult slow-pitch softball games.