“Father of the Fairytale” Museum

Solvang, CaliforniaHave you seen the bronze statue of writer Hans Christian Andersen in Solvang Park and wondered . . . what’s the story? (Pun intended!) He’s considered one of the world’s most famous Danes and father of the modern fairytale. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805, and lived until August 4, 1875, and authored some of the most popular fairytales in the world including The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess & The Pea and The Ugly Duckling. Just a block away at 1680 Mission Drive in the cozy second floor above The Book Loft, you can discover so much more about this fascinating author at the Hans Christian Andersen Museumthumb_hans-christian-andersen—filled to the rafters with originals and copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages  that kids of all ages can enjoy. Admission is free and open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendar for April 2, 2014—International Children’s Book Day and Andersen’s 209th birthday–always celebrated with a party at the Museum. For details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/hcandersen