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2017 News Archive
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Elverhøj and Wildling Museums invite you to enjoy the beauty and convergence of art, culture and nature with a series of fun and educational excursions. Conducted in partnership with Solvang and Buellton Parks and Rec departments, each outing includes transportation, entrance fees and support from skilled museum curators who provide insider appreciation for the various experiences and exhibits. 

Space is limited and excursions sell out quickly. Reservations can be made online at buelltonrec.com, or phone Solvang Rec at (805) 688-7529, Buellton Rec at (805) 688-1086, or stop by either office. 

MOXIMOXI + Sea Center
Tuesday Feb 21

10am-5pm, $35
Depart Vets Hall

Be among the first to visit Santa Barbara’s fabulous new MOXI: Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Enjoy a private preview tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. center, a destination for curious minds of all ages. Three floors of interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits draw on sound, gravity, speed, fundamentals of light, color, interactive media arts and technology. We’ll start steps away at the Sea Center with an insider’s tour of this engaging, interactive marine education facility. Lunch on your own on the Wharf or at one of many nearby eateries.

Griffith ObservatoryGriffith Observatory
Tuesday, March 21

10am-6:30pm, $39
Depart Buellton Rec Center

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. Explore the state-of-the-art Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Lunch on your own in Camarillo.

Broad MuseumThe Broad Museum in Los Angeles
Thursday, April 6

8:30am-6pm, $49
Depart Vets Hall

This new contemporary art museum is home to 2000 works of art in the Broad collection, among the most prominent holdings of postwar contemporary art worldwide. Bypass the ticket line with a VIP on-site welcome and introduction followed by a self-guided tour. There will be time for a walk across the street to view the architecturally stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall or the LA Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy lunch on your own.

Morro BayMontaña de Oro & Spooner Ranch House + Morro Bay
Thursday, April 27

8:30am-5pm, $20
Depart Vets Hall

Montaña de Oro—Mountain of Gold—is named for the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Enjoy a private tour of the recently renovated historic Spooner Ranch House located above scenic Spooner Cove. There will be time to explore the park’s rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches and tide pools. Next stop is Morro Bay for lunch (on your own), waterfront site-seeing and an optional visit to the Museum of Natural History set near this scenic estuary.

Getty VillaGetty Villa in Malibu
Wednesday, May 10

8:30am-7pm, $49
Depart Buellton Rec Center

The Villa houses the greatest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in North America. View the galleries and stroll the beautiful gardens and grounds. Explore the featured exhibit, Roman Mosaics across the Empire, which contains mosaics that date from the 2nd through the 6th centuries A.D., and come from far-flung places. Lunch on your own at museum café.


Request an invitation: info@elverhoj.org

On Saturday June 17 Elverhøj Museum of History & Art will celebrate the year’s longest day with Solstice Sundowner, a benefit party with fun, fine food and local wines, entertainment.

Solstice Sundowner

Guests will congregate at 5 p.m. under a canopy of oaks on the greens alongside the picturesque lake at a private vineyard location in the hills outside Solvang. The bucolic setting lies off Ballard Canyon Road within the boundaries of the nearly 9,000 acres that Solvang’s founders bought in 1910 for their new Danish colony.

Superb wines will be flowing along with a Sundowner cocktail special. Tray-passed appetizers, and a gourmet dinner will be followed by a decadent dessert. Reservations, $125 per person, sell out quickly for this community-favorite fundraiser.

Live music and fire dancers entertain and enthrall. Live and silent auctions offer exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences and a wide range of specialty items ready to go home with the highest bidder. Following Danish tradition, a Solstice “Sankt Hans Aften” (St. John’s Eve) bonfire will be lit at lake’s edge as the sun sinks behind the hills.

Your attendance at an unforgettable evening helps support Elverhøj Museum, a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, and its mission to collect, preserve and exhibit the history and Danish culture of Solvang and to promote the arts.



Seyburn Zorthian

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2 to 5 pm: Workshop: Beginning Drawing
Drawing From the Heart with exhibiting artist Seyburn Zorthian
Workshop held in Zorthian’s studio at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard in Solvang
$10/member, $15 non-member
Limited to 8, pre-registration required
(805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org

Dug Uyesaka

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 3 to 5 pm: Workshop: Building Collage for Beginners
Ripped and Torn with exhibiting artist/teacher Dug Uyesaka
$10/member, $15 non-member
Limited to 10, pre-registration required
(805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org


Saturday September 16 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday September 17 - 10 am to 4 pm


Viking selrie stationElverhøj Museum of History and Art celebrates Solvang’s history and cultural roots at the Living History Festival, Saturday and Sunday September 16 and 187. Artisans, storytellers and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and entertain visitors. This free event is held in conjunction with town’s Danish Days.

“There will be hands-on activities for all ages and the Danish Christmas Corner with gifts and accessories rooted in Danish traditions,” said Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj Executive Director. “Guests can make a cut paper decoration, get creative with Viking runes stamps, weave a paper star, dress up and snap a selfie with a Viking, and shop for a Danish Christmas keepsake.”

Bobbin lace makingInside the Museum, exhibits come to life with demonstrations. Bobbin lace makers will hand weave intricate designs and offer guests an opportunity to try this centuries-old art. Docents clad in colorful Danish folk costumes will be creating Danish Christmas crafts such as woven paper hearts and paper stars. Artisans will be crafting wooden bobbins for lace making, weaving textiles and Viking jewelry.

Storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, will perform as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen both days at 1 pm. On Saturday morning, papirklip artist Rick James Marzullo will demonstrate the Danish folk art of papercutting that has earned him international acclaim. Rounding out the weekend of free activities are docent-led tours of the museum’s historical, cultural, and art exhibits.

Randal McGeeHistory, heritage and art on display year-round at Elverhøj. The Museum occupies the former residence of one of Solvang’s most artistic families. The historic handcrafted structure, located two blocks south of the village center at 1624 Elverhoy Way, is the former dream home of artists Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife, Martha Mott. In 1949 they began building in a style derived from the large Danish farmhouses of 18th century Jutland. Many elements of Scandinavian architecture were incorporated into the design. Ornamental wrought ironwork, sculptures, a carved redwood main entry door, and hand painted wall panels are just some of the permanent imprints of this talented family.

Since 1988, Elverhøj Museum has been welcoming and educating visitors. Among the permanent exhibits is the Solvang Room which presents the town’s history with photos, video, artifacts and models. The Immigrant Room displays artifacts from a rural one-room Danish home as it might have looked in the 1870s when Danish emigration to the United States was at its peak. The diorama cottage houses small scale buildings depicting 1920s Solvang with its mix of architectural styles that did not yet include the Danish designs adapted in the 1950s.


Sunday, December 3
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Christmas Party 2017Elverhøj Museum of History and Art invites members and friends to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Members and Friends Christmas Party on Sunday December 3, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

The Museum glows during the holidays, with a 12 foot tree decorated with handmade Danish Christmas ornaments as the focal point. Live music and the Danish Christmas tradition of ‘dancing’ around the tree will once again be Christmas party highlights.

The event includes an abundance of Danish specialty foods such as open-face sandwiches, homemade Christmas cookies, chocolates, and Christmas cheer. Guests will enjoy the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and the Mystique Girls’ Choir. And of course, Santa Claus (and maybe even a Nisser or two) will stop by with treats for the kids.

5:30 to 7:00: Santa Claus and Nisse friend
6:30: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale Holiday concert preview
7:15: Mystique Girls’ Choir

Serving as a backdrop for the Party will be the Eyvind Earle Exhibit “Winter.” Guests will enjoy many of the classic serigraphs and illustrations used in his popular line of Christmas and Holiday cards.

Admission to the Christmas Party is $10. There is no charge for children ten and under.


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