Hans Christian Andersen

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum includes the childhood home of the famous poet and is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to the life and works of a poet. The museum, which is under construction until 2020, opened in 1908, tells the story of the poet’s life, showcases his creativity through drawings and paper cuttings and offers an opportunity to discover his impressive work.

Visit Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace and childhood home, and enjoy a fascinating journey through the life of the world-famous poet and storyteller in the charming and enchanting old part of Odense.

The life of Hans Christian Andersen
The museum exhibitions take you back to the age in which Hans Christian Andersen’s works originated, depicting the poet’s remarkable life, his characteristic appearance and special personality. The museum chronicles his life from his childhood years as the son of a poor shoemaker in Odense, through turbulent times as he struggled to achieve his dream to become one of the world’s most celebrated poets. His works have been translated into over 150 languages.



Hans Christian Andersen’s creative range is shown in his drawings and paper cuttings. The library gives an impression of his comprehensive body of work and the global reach it enjoys. This is a unique opportunity for an intimate look at the poet, his circle of acquaintances, love life, artistic career and extensive travels until his death in 1875.

The museum boasts all modern facilities and gives visitors the chance to explore Hans Christian Andersen’s universe, leaf through his books on a computer and listen to his fairy tales at one of the many listening stations.

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum lies just a stone’s throw from the pedestrian street of Denmark’s third-largest city, with good shopping facilities and eating places to suit every pocket.

Practical information:

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm depending on season (please check the website)
Distance from the Port of Fredericia: Approx. 55 km (approx. 1 hour by bus)
Accessibility: The museum is disabled-friendly. Wheelchairs are available for loan, there is a lift, and disability assistants are on hand. (No entry for animals) 
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Guided tours in: Danish, English and German Max. 25 persons per tour. Several daily tours can be arranged. 
Activity level: Medium 
Theme: History, culture, fairy tales and literature
Combined ticket: The ticket to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum gives same-day admission to Hans Christian Andersen’s Childhood Home.
The Hans Christian Andersen Museum: museum.odense.dk/en/museums/hans-christian-andersen-museum, museum@odense.dk phone: +45 65 51 46 01

For further information contact Visit Fredericia: www.visitfredericia.com