A New Hans Christian Andersen Museum for Odense

A world-famous architect will be waiting in the wings to design and build an innovative and enchanting Hans Christian Andersen Museum, once the City of Odense has obtained the funding. Kengo Kuma of Japan has achieved celebrity status as a result of his wide-ranging projects which are simultaneously striking and understated. If everything goes as planned, Kengo Kuma will open both the Olympic stadium in Tokyo and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense in 2020.


The museum’s expansion will carry a fairytale theme, captured in Kengo Kuma’s design. It will feature a large garden filled with tall trees that are encompassed by circular timber structures. The project aims to create a new home for the author behind childhood classics The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Little Mermaid.

Hans Christian Andersen was a prolific author, writing plays, novel and poetry however he is best remembered for his wonderful fairy tales. He wrote both children’s stories as well as themes that transcend age and nationality.

His fairy tales have been translated into over 125 languages and tell lessons of both virtue and resilience in the face of adversity that speak to children and mature readers.