The House of H.C. Andersen

From poverty to world heritage

The little yellow house on Hans Jensen's Street 45 in Odense has a great history. Here Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805, and although it may look nice and idyllic today, it was far from the case in Andersen's time. HC Andersen's parents did not have their own home, so they had to seek shelter with family in this house & #8211; which at this time accommodated up to five families!

In 1905, 100 years after HC Andersen was born in the house, it was bought and opened 3 years later as a museum. Since then, the small yellow corner house of 72 square meters has been visited by millions of people who have wanted to see the birthplace of the popular author. 

Visit the historic house and see if you can imagine how cramped it was to live in one of the small living rooms, which together with a shared kitchen constituted an apartment here.


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Hans Jensen's Strait 45
Odense 5000
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Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 - 16 Closed 24-25/12 and 31/12