Hans Christian Andersen’s house on Munkemøllestræde was his childhood home (1807-1819) and he lived here with his parents before he travelled to Copenhagen. The fairy tale “The Snow Queen” is inspired from here. On the gable of the house you can see the oldest and first plaque for Hans Christian Andersen. It was unveiled for the poet’s 70th birthday in 1875. Today it houses a small exhibition on Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood.
Today, two rooms are arranged into a museum, of which only one of the rooms was actual setting for Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood. The small museum, which opened in 1930, gives the impression of the home’s cramped conditions and tells of a poor existence in the early 19th century Odense. The exhibition in the childhood home is newly decorated according to the description, Hans Christian Andersen gave in his autobiographies.
In the room next to his childhood home, lived a glovemaker’s family with lots of children. This room contains a small of childhood memories from Odense, told by the poet himself.