Hans Christian Anderson Statue Central Park. Updated 2018.
Hans Christian Anderson is the father of Fairy Tales we all know and love. Pay homage to this talented fellow at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, New York City.
- 1 Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park
- 2 The Hans Christian Anderson Statue loves a cuddle!
- 3 Hans Christian Anderson Books
- 4 Hans Christian Anderson Stories
- 5 Summer Storytelling Events at the HCA Statue
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Hans Christian Andersen Statue Central Park
- 7 Hans Christian Andersen Monument Map
- 8 Toadstool Rating – Hans Christian Andersen Statue
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Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park
The Hans Christian Anderson statue monument is a bronze figure of Hans Christian Anderson, a man noted worldwide for his contribution to children’s literature with his children’s stories and fairytales.
This statue is of an elderly Anderson, the acclaimed Danish author, seated on a park bench with an open book.
The book is opened to a chapter of the fairy tale, the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. His beloved duck, cast in bronze, is on the ground, gazing up at him.
The Hans Christian Anderson Statue loves a cuddle!
Like thousands of other children before him, Ned couldn’t resist a cuddle, and in fact, children are welcome to touch, climb on, and around the Hans Christian Anderson statue.
(Interaction is also encouraged at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture on the north side of the pond.)
Hans Christian Anderson Books
The Danish author was a prolific writer, with thousands of published works to his name, but he was most famous for his children’s fairy tales. Filled with lessons of virtue, courage, resilience, overcoming adversity, love, and acceptance, his stories have been translated into more than 125 languages.
The stories and their characters have inspired ballets, plays, animated films, live action films, Disney movies, and Disney parades.
Hans Christian Anderson Stories
Here’s a collection of well-known Hans Christian Anderson books.
- The Ugly Duckling
- The Princess and the Pea
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- The Snow Queen
- The Little Match Girl
- The Little Mermaid
Summer Storytelling Events at the HCA Statue
Since 1957, on Saturdays during the summer, New York City’s children have clustered around Hans Christian Andersen’s statue near Conservatory Water in Central Park to hear his and others’ fairytales, folk stories, and stories, told by a dedicated group of professional storytellers.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center.
Stories during the 2018 Summer Season will include Danish Tales and The Lindworm.
The Inside Scoop – Hans Christian Andersen Statue Central Park
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
Address: The Hans Christian Andersen Statue is on the west side of the Conservatory Water Central Park Pond at East Side at 74th Street.
Telephone: Call 212-310-6600 – Monday – Friday, for information 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Hours: Central Park is free and open to visitors 365 days a year. Central Park opens at 6:00 am and closes at 1:00 am. Kerbs Boathouse Cafe is open from sunrise till dusk.
Entry Fees: Free
Parking: There is no parking in Central Park. Many parking garages are available nearby.
How to get there: Subway to Central Park.
- By Subway Train: Q train (Yellow line). Stop at Lexington Av – 63 St Subway Station
- By Subway Train: 4, 6 Train (Green line): 72 Street or 77 Street Station
- On Foot: Enter at the E 72nd St entrance and walk down the hill
- By Taxi/Uber: Exit at E 72nd and 5th Avenue
Hans Christian Andersen Monument Map
Interactive Central Park Map: Find cafes, toilets, playgrounds and more here.
Nearest takeaway coffee and food options: Snack Shack in the copper-roofed Kerbs Boathouse or Le Pain Quotidien, both at Kerbs Boathouse Central Park at the Conservatory Pond
Toilets: Yes including baby change table
Disability access: Yes
Closest playground: Billy Johnson Playground
Shade: Shady trees
Enclosed: No fences. Keep an steady eye on small children near the water.
Ground cover: Concrete
Picnic tables: Yes – for Cafe patrons only
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: On leash only.
This Central Park attraction was last reviewed in June 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Hans Christian Andersen Statue
He wrote the kids’ favourite “The Little Mermaid” – pop by with the kids to say hello!
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