Where is the Elverhøj Museum of Danish History & Art located?
Elverhøj is one of the few museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture and the Danish-American experience. Located in Solvang, California, the Elverhøj Museum is the former residence of one of Solvang’s most artistic families, which is now a community museum devoted to the history of Solvang, the Danish-American pioneer spirit, the colorful heritage of Denmark, and the arts.
The historic hand-crafted structure was the dream home of Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife, Martha Mott. He was an internationally recognized painter and sculptor and she was an accomplished painter and art teacher. In 1950 the Brandt-Erichsens began building their home in the style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Jutland in northern Denmark. They incorporated many elements of Scandinavian architecture.
Ornamental wrought ironwork, a carved redwood main entry door, and hand-painted panels are a few of the permanent imprints of this remarkable family. After extensive renovation in 1987, the Elverhøj Museum opened to the public in May of 1988. Exhibits focus on Sovlang’s history and Danish cultural heritage; the art gallery has dynamic changing exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists. The museum store offers Danish-themed products and unique art-related items.