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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.


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