Hans Christian Andersen’s House &  Museuam in Odense

Hans Christian Andersen’s Odense

There is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy a fairytale journey through Odense, and to immerse yourself in the world of much-loved Hans Christian Andersen. Of the many sights and attractions, perhaps the most pertinent are Hans Christian Andersen’s House (where the famous poet was born), Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood home, and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

Here is an overview of several of the sights and attractions you will find in Odense.

Hans Christian Andersen’s House 

The house where the renowned fairytale author was born is to be found in the old quarter of Odense. The iconic yellow corner house is located in what was the poorest section of the city in the 1800s. Back then, the local residents were largely soldiers, day labourers, paupers and beggars. It was in these humble surroundings that Hans Christian Andersen was born, and the yellow building was actually home to as many as five families at a time.

Hans Christian Andersen’s House was opened as a museum in 1908, showcasing the life and work of the gifted poet. It is one of the oldest poet’s museums in the world and attracts a host of visitors from all corners of the globe every year.

Address: Hans Jensens Stræde 45, 5000 Odense C
For additional information and opening hours, click here.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Childhood Home

From 1807 to 1819, Hans Christian Andersen lived with his parents in one of the three small apartments this building contained.

The property was remodelled as a museum in 1930, and its exhibits include a number of his original manuscripts and diaries. A few of the rooms contain a small exhibition about the poet’s childhood in Odense. The exhibition in his childhood home has recently been redesigned on the basis of the description of the apartment Hans Christian Andersen himself wrote in his autobiographies.
He drew upon his childhood and humble upbringing as inspiration for many of his fairytales and during his unsuccessful attempts to become an actor.

Address: Munkemøllestræde 3–5, 5000 Odense C
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Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Right now, you can visit the museum’s brand new exhibition entitled “Poetry, paper and scissors – of the most fairytale kind”.

The exhibition blends the depiction of the poet’s life with colourful, fantastic elements and highlights his work as a visual artist. For example, you can see super-sized paper cuttings, elements from fairytales such as “Clumsy Hans”, “The Butterfly” and “The Flying Suitcase”, biographical collages, and, of course, a selection of Hans Christian Andersen’s personal effects including the stovepipe hat, the desk where he wrote his fairytales, travel equipment, picture books and more besides.

Address: Claus Bergs Gade 11, 5000 Odense C
For additional information and opening hours, click here.

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Hans Christian Andersen helps us make sense of the world

The universe created by the Danish poet does more than enchant young children. It gives us all a viewpoint from which to understand the world around us. The tales interpret the values everyone needs to think about in order to make sense of life today. Where are you from? Where are you going? Can you break free from your social heritage? What’s it like to reach your goal? And what happens if your brain overrules your heart?

From ugly duckling to celebrated swan

The life of the famous poet largely mirrors the development described in the tale of The Ugly Duckling. Hans Christian Andersen was born into the family of a poor cobbler in Odense. He came into this world in the small, yellow corner house that is now a part of the museum, and you can see a reconstruction of the three rooms that constituted his first home. He spent his youth in Copenhagen, fighting a relentless battle to find his niche in the artistic scene.

Hans Christian Andersen originally tried his hand at acting, but when his dreams of a life in the theatre crashed and burned, he spent several years at school – with the help of charitable donations – before embarking on a career as an author. Hans Christian Andersen enjoyed both national and international fame in his own lifetime, and his works have now been translated into 160 languages – more than the writings of any other author.

Hans Andersen with hat seated on a chair

FAQs about Hans Christian Andersen

Odense City Museums have compiled a list of the questions they are most frequently asked about the poet. Read on to find answers to questions about how tall he was, his favourite author, family life and much more.

About Hans Christian Andersen.

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In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

Take a stroll through the heart of Odense.

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An app to guide you in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Andersen Home & neighborhood around

You will not have to look very far or very hard in Odense to spot places and things that inspired the author to pen his numerous fairytales. Come along and walk in his impressive footsteps on a guided tour of Odense. Click here to download the app that will let you walk in the footsteps of the famous poet.

H.C. Andersen Festivals

Hans Christian Andersen Festivals in August are packed with fairytales, imagination, experiences and wonder.

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The Hans Christian Andersen Parade

You can experience the Hans Christian Andersen Parade from 30 June through 11 August. Follow the parade from Odense City Hall to the Eventyrhaven gardens and watch this year’s fairytale performance – free of charge.

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Hans Christian Andersen Festival Plays

Every year, the Hans Christian Andersen Festival Plays in Odense stage a performance of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales in The Fyn Village.

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Let children live out the fairytale

The Fyrtøjet (Tinderbox) Culture Centre for Children gives the little ones the chance to play their way into the fascinating world of fairytales.

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A village from the time of Hans Christian Andersen

Den Fynske Landsby (The Funen Village) in Odense is a living slice of history that shows us how life was lived in the country around 1800.

The Funen Village Spring

Hans Christian Andersen’s favourite places on Fyn

Hans Christian Andersen was a regular visitor at the numerous castles and manor houses on Fyn. Click here to find out more about his favourite places.

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Fairy Tale Sculptures

Take a stroll around Odense and admire the fairytale sculptures.

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