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Danish Windmill Museum, Elk Horn

#39 of 133 in Museums in Iowa
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
The historic 1848 Nørre Snede, Denmark Windmill was brought to America 41 years ago. Rebuilt by over 300 community volunteers to honor the area's rich Danish Heritage. The Mill was restored to working condition in 1976 and it takes a 20 mph wind to operate. At any time when the wind changes the 10 ton cap frame will turn it's self into the wind with the help of the fantail. It is a beautiful sight to see the magnificent windmill turn by wind-power.

The Danish Windmill is also one of Iowa's Private Welcome Centers. They have over 250 brochures on other State attractions, Iowa maps and attraction guides. Employees are State Certified Welcome Center employees.

The Mill Corporation is a 501-c-3 non profit Corporation. The Museum shop sales proceeds go to help the day to day operations of the historic windmill stay in good repair. Check out for more information or call 800-451-7960. VELKOMMEN!
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  • This was a lovely little stop. The history behind the transport of this windmill was fascinating. We enjoyed the opportunity to see an actual Danish windmill. Cute grounds.  more »
  • Although this is a few miles off the main highway, it's definitely worth the trip. The history and story behind the windmill is interesting, so take the $3 guided tour, see the video, hear from the...  more »
  • Very interesting place. Stopped just to use the restroom which were very clean and discovered this. We watched a 15 minute video about the windmill and got a tour of the inside. It was really great and super cheap!! Have told others about this place. It also has plenty of parking and a gift shop. It was a nice place to stop and get out and walk around
  • 15 min video, self guided tour for $3. Very interesting and enjoyable. We had a good time and got some great pics. Gift shop was nice. They have fresh raspberry-almond kringle pastries that were absolutely delicious!
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