In the summer of 2021, the new Hans Christian Andersen museum will open in his birthplace of Odense in Denmark.
It will rethink how the story of Andersen’s life and work is told.
The vision for the new H.C. Andersen’s House is to create a complete artistic experience in which architecture, sound, light and a stream of images constantly invite new encounters between each visitor and Andersen’s fairy tales.
The site covers an area of 5,600 square meters and contains a children’s house and an underground museum, which intertwines with a surrounding magical garden.
The new museum is looking to be one of Denmark’s most ambitious museums yet.
Creative Director of the new museum, Henrik Lübker explains ”Hans Christian Andersen’s artistic universe is fantastic, because it reverses how you imagine this world you thought you knew, but without putting anything else in its place. His fairytales do not point towards a universal truth, but rather into the open – towards the peculiarity and multiplicity of the world. In the new museum, we maintain this ambiguity by using Andersen’s own artistic strategies as the starting point for how the garden, the house and the exhibition have all been shaped, as well as for the many artistic contributions that will also be part of the museum.”
Anderson’s most famous works include The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Nightingale, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Little Match Girl. It was in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens theme park where Anderson got his inspiration for writing The Nightingale.
For more information on the new museum please visit: Hans Christian Anderson Museum