HC Andersen Museum


This striking exhibition takes its design cues from Hans Christian Andersen's playful papercuts, and features his personal effects plus a virtual reality nose around his Copenhagen study. It's heavy on biography and light on his stories, with less to do for kids than you might expect, but it's a decent stopgap while the new Andersen museum (due to open in June 2021) is under construction.

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Nearby Odense attractions

1. Hans Andersen Statue

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Outside the low-rise Radisson Blu hotel, Hans Christian Andersen sits with top hat on a seat awaiting selfies.

2. Møntergården


The new, stylishly designed main section of this city-history museum takes visitors on a thematic walk through humorously named 'Funen – Centre of the…

3. HC Andersens Hus

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Lying amid the seemingly miniaturised streets of the former poor quarter is the sparse little cottage where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Visiting it…

4. Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

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In the charming Fyrtøjet, children are encouraged to explore the world of Hans Christian Andersen through music and storytelling.

5. Vor Frue Kirke

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With a stepped-brick tower, this church is often cited as Odense's oldest. Though records are hazy, most of the whitewashed interior dates back to the…

6. Tinsoldaten

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The one-legged military figure outside a branch of Nelle's cafe-bar is not to commemorate a historical conflict but represents the Tin Soldier, sad hero…

7. Paaskestræde

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For one of Odense's prettiest street scenes, stand at the corner of Adelgade and watch the little cottages tumbling down Paaskestræde towards the…

8. Sankt Hans Kirke

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Though most of the triple-transept brick structure you see today dates from 1880, there has been a church on this spot since before 1295, and for much of…