ELK HORN, IOWA — A grand opening celebration for the Museum of Danish America’s Curatorial Center will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. The recently completed 8,000-square-foot curatorial addition now houses many of the museum’s
largest and most fragile artifacts. The Curatorial Center also features workspace for staff, interns, and volunteers.
The Museum of Danish America is currently in the process of re-landscaping its front entry in order to integrate a pathway to the green roof that sits atop the new Curatorial Center which will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 18. Outdoor informational signage will also be put into place throughout the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park by the time of the Grand Opening.
Visitors to the museum will also notice new interpretive signage around the 30-acre site. The durable outdoor signs provide context and explanation for the many features of the park including the council rings, rose meadow, outdoor fitness equipment, and native plants. Community members and tourists are encouraged to use this privately-owned park responsibly at their leisure.
A program will be held from 2-2:30 p.m, followed by appetizers and libations. Admission to the museum will be waived for everyone that day in honor of the opening. Museum guests will be free to explore the exhibits Danish Children Growing Up American, Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery, Exploring Danish Happiness, and Across Oceans, Across Time.
The grand opening coincides with the museum’s 31st Annual Meeting and 98th Regular Board Meeting in Elk Horn. The 25-member board includes regional representation from throughout the United States. More information about the Museum of Danish America can be found at
danishmuseum.org or by calling 712.764.7001.