HCA NEWS Hans Christian Andersen museum in Copenhagen

New theme museum to open in the heart of Copenhagen.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 28 April 2003

For two years, four men from the Danish capital have been working to implement a plan for a major theme museum dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, and they predict that the idea will become a reality by the beginning of 2004.

To the tune of DKK 25 million, residents of Copenhagen will have themselves a museum whose purpose is to present Hans Christian Andersen to Danes as well as foreigners in an entertaining manner - in a style with which we are familiar, for example, from the "Guinness World Records Museum" and "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" - both of which may be found in Copenhagen. 

The same entity, Museumsaktieselskabet af 30. februar 1992 [The Museum Limited Company of 30 February 1992], is also behind the Hans Christian Andersen initiative.

"Until now, Copenhagen has only had a street named after the world-famous author, and that is not much more than a lot of people have. But there is much more to Hans Christian Andersen, and so we developed the idea of a whole museum dedicated to the man," says director and spokesperson for the four originators, Claus Broge.

He adds that the idea of the museum is to provide easily accessible entertainment related to Hans Christian Andersen for the whole family. Without being frivolous. Among other things, the museum has already purchased the original manuscript for the fairy tale, "The Philosopher's Stone" for DKK 3 million.

The museum will open in April 2004 and be called the "Fairy Tale Museum." The company backing it expects to attract around 150,000 visitors in the first year and to see an even greater number in connection with the celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday in 2005.