A world you think you know

Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most famous and best-read authors in the world, renowned for his wonderful fairy tales. In 2021, his incomparable stories become the cornerstone of a ground-breaking museum – the first of its kind.

H.C. Andersen’s House does not speak of what once was or “once upon a time”. It is about our time: right here, right now, you and me. The museum does not speak about Andersen, it speaks as Andersen. Insisting that the fairy tales are just as vibrant and relevant today as they were in the 1800s when he wrote them.

Enter the literary world of Andersen the storyteller – an immersive, artistic space where architecture, gardens and exhibits interact to create new meetings between visitor and Andersen’s fairy tale universe. Here imagination, curiosity and wonder are key to the exhibition, encouraging reflection and invoking new perspectives on nature, society and ourselves.

June 30th 2021
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    We open in summer 2021.
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    The competition is run by Odense City Museums, Overgade 48, 5000 Odense C, Denmark


    “The project is our gift to Hans Christian Andersen, to thank him for everything he has taught us”

    Kengo Kuma – Kengo Kuma & Associates

    “We wanted to express through sensations and as an experience.”

    Yuki Ikeguchi – Kengo Kuma & Associates

    “The museum doesn’t speak about Andersen, it speaks as Andersen”

    Henrik Lübker – H.C. Andersens’s House


    H.C. Andersen’s House

    The area showing the gardens and buildings
    approx. 9,000 m²

    Main building
    5,600 m² – two thirds of the floor area are underground

    7,000 m²

    The main building houses an exhibition, children’s universe, café and visitor facilities.


    Exhibition Designer
    Event Communications Ltd., London

    Lead Design Architect
    Kengo Kuma & Associates/ Yuki Ikeguchi – Partner Architect in charge

    Executive Architect (from tender phase to construction site supervision)
    C & W Architects

    Assisiting Architect (from competition to main project phase)
    Cornelius Vöge

    Landscape Designer
    MASU Planning

    Engineering Designer  
    Søren Jensen

    The establishment of new Danish museums with high quality international content as well as architecture, can only be realized with substantial financial funding from funds and grants, who to a large extent ensure and make possible the development of the Danish cultural scene.

    Our thanks to…

    The A.P. Møller Foundation

    Augustinus Foundation

    Knud Højgaards Foundation


    The City of Odense

    H.C. Andersen’s House

    We look forward to seeing you in 2021

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    H.C. Andersen’s Odense

    Nowhere else in the world can you get as close to Hans Christian Andersen as here in Odense. Walk in his footsteps and discover the iconic places that inspired the poet.

    H.C. Andersen’s House . H.C. Andersen Haven 1 . DK-5000 Odense C . +45 65 51 46 01 .

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    DK-5000. Odense C · +45 65 51 46 01 ·

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