A new immersive fairytale-like museum dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen to open in Odense, Denmark this summer
Posted on 16/02/2021
A new museum is set to open this summer in Odense, to tell the tale of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish fairytale author born in 1805 who later died in 1875. His most well-known works include : The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling. H.C Anderson's fairytales have inspired many ballets, films and plays. For example, some people may not know that Disney's Frozen was inspired by H.C Andersen's The Snow Queen.
The design of the museum is inspired by one of Andersen's fairytales : The Tinderbox. The architects aim to bring to life Andersen's fairytale worlds, "where a small world suddenly expands to a bigger universe" Kengo Kuma, the architect explains.
This immersive museum covers up to 9000 square meters, which is divided into gardens and one main building, which three of its floors are found underground, adding to the fairytale-like nature of the museum. To add to its uniqueness, the exhibition leads to Hans Christian Andersen's childhood home, which is still furnished. Odense is the birthplace of this renown author, who lived there until the age of 14, he left for Copenhagen in order to make his fortune.
During your visit, you will find interactive exhibitions, a children's universe and a café. You can also admire some of the author's original paper cuttings, including the oldest known to exist, some of his old belongings such as his old top hat and luggage. You can even visit a replica of his studio which he kept in Copenhagen. The museum uses its architecture, light, sound and images to evoke the sensation of falling into one of Andersen's fairytale worlds.
This new museum is not the only tourist attraction in town, you can go and see all the different bronze statues of the author but also you can find his colourful characters that have been brought to life throughout the city. In August, you could even attend the week-long festival dedicated to the author, which is mostly free.