Last updated: 2/8/2010
Solvang, California
Street Address
1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA 93463
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 769
Solvang, CA 93464
phone: 805-686-1211
fax: 805-686-1822
e-mail: info@elverhoj.org
web: www.elverhoj.org
Hours
1 - 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Noon - 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admissions
Free admission. Suggested donation: $3 per person
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Esther Jacobsen Bates, Executive Director
phone: 805-686-1211
Description

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art occupies a historic hand-crafted structure built in a style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Denmark. Visitors to Elverhøj (pronounced el-ver-hoy) will see exhibits celebrating the Danish-American pioneer spirit and the colorful heritage of Denmark; learn about Solvang’s unique history through photos, artifacts and video displays; and stroll the attractive and spacious gallery which shows changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art. Please visit www.elverhoj.org for a complete schedule of events and exhibtions.

Mission

To collect, preserve and exhibit the history and Danish culture of Solvang and to promote the arts.

History

The former residence of one of Solvang's most artistic families 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, the Elverhøj Museum opened to the public in May of 1988.

Artifact Collections

antiquities, archives, ceramics, costumes, decorative arts, ethnology, folk art, furniture, historic site, history, painting, paleontology, photography, prints/drawing, sculpture, textiles, works on paper

Educational Programs

exhibitions, film series, concerts, lectures, performances, demonstrations, living history program, research, guided tours, outreach to schools, fundraising events

ADA

parking, wheelchair access

free parking

Parking

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