Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Santa Ynez Valley

If you remember childhood fairy tales with fondness, stop by this tiny two-room museum. A larger-than-life bust of Denmark's favorite storyteller welcomes you to a mix of original letters, 1st-edition copies of his illustrated books, and a model of Andersen's childhood home. It's upstairs in the Book Loft building.

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