We certainly weren’t leaving Solvang without a trip to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. My daughter was still asleep in her stroller so my darling husband watched her while my son and I took a quick visit to check it out.
You will find the museum proper on the second floor of the The Book Loft Building and Cafe. Book lovers can dine and read purchases while their kids can see the museum upstairs.
Who was Hans Christian Andersen? He was a world-famous Danish writer of fairy tales such as The Princess and The Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
There is a cute miniature house which is a delight to see and touch for the young ones!
There are also inspired and more modern versions of the Hans Christian Anderson stories which you can buy as presents for family and friends back home.
Home-schooling moms rejoice! Maps, historical facts and art all laid out in an exhibit for you to see with your children.
A vintage book printing machine was too cool to see! I explained to my son how much effort it took for a book to be produced back in the day.
And here are some of the awesome bookshop finds at the Book Loft:
These “Where The Wild Things Are” socks are so rad!
I’ve got the original Maps book at home for my kids. This is the activity version to keep kids busy…while in transit?
The cutest book-inspired onesies and shirts for babies and toddlers are found in the shop below the museum!
Yes, my little man asked for a few minutes of reading time before we had to head back home.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
1680 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, United States