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Visit a place where history comes alive and contemporary artists and community activities are celebrated with vibrant exhibits and events. Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Heritage Museum is the only museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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Finland Designed EnviornmentsFinland: Designed Environments
March 12 – July 26, 2015

Finland: Designed Environments looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years. Examples of furnishings, fashion, and craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, illustrate how nearly every aspect of Finnish life incorporates thoughtful design thinking—from city streets and summer homes to fashion and food—and is marked by sensitivity to form and material. The exhibition is the first significant U.S. museum presentation since the 1990s to examine contemporary Finnish design.

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Image: Jopo bicycle, 2000 (update of 1965 design). Eero Rislakki and Erkki Rahikainen (designer of 1965 original model), Erkki Rahikainen (engineer of original model), Markku Autero (designer of 2000 model)

There's still time to donate to the Northern Lights Auktion!

To those of you who have already donated items or experiences to the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion, thank you so much. Your donations have helped us be well on our way to another great Auktion event!

If you have yet to donate an item or experience, we hope that you will support us by contributing to the Northern Lights Auktion. There is still time to make an impact on our biggest fundraising event of the year. With your help, we can reach our goal and continue to provide great Nordic experiences to the community!

Merchants that donate to the Auktion receive great exposure throughout the evening. With 350+ guests and 100+ volunteers and staff at this event, the Northern Lights Auktion is a rare opportunity to reach audiences in conjunction with a cause they love.

Please consider supporting the Museum by becoming a sponsor, donating an item to the live or silent Auktion, or making a tax-deductible monetary gift.* To make a donation, please contact Matt McCallum by March 30th.

*Nordic Heritage Museum is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization (ID# 91-1107537). All financial contributions and donations of goods or services are tax deductible in accordance with Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) 3; please consult your tax advisor.

To learn more about the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion, and to purchase tickets, visit the Northern Lights Auktion page here.

Exhibitions Open Late! Music, Food, Tours, Programs & More!

Nordic Nights | Thursday, April 2 | 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.

Join us at the museum as we launch a brand-new after-hours program, Nordic Nights. On the first Thursday of the month we will keep all Museum galleries open until 8:00 p.m. Nordic Nights will feature music, food, tours, programs and more. No reservations required.

Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord
20th Anniversary Season!

Upcoming Concerts:

April 12, 2015 | 4 PM SWEDEN
Lena Moén, soprano (US Debut) & Lena Johnson, pianist, with Sean Osborn, clarinet
“Songs of the Heart”

Swedish soprano Lena Moén joins Swedish pianist Lena Johnson to perform a program of Swedish master composers Peterson-Berger, de Frumerie, Linde, Stenhammar, and a tip of the hat to Schubert. Moén joins us from the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Tallin Baroque, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Johnson is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a frequent performer in such locales as London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Purchase tickets at

Tickets will be available online through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th, by phone during our normal business hours over the weekend,and at the door before the concert.


May 3, 2015 | 4 PM NORWAY
The Nord Trio: Sini Simonen, Violin; Heidi Luosujärvi, Accordion; and Inger-Kristine Riber, Piano
“Tango Under the Arctic Moon”

Dazzlingly virtuosic, adventurous, and intense, this Norwegian-Finnish trio of violin, accordion, and piano is equally at home with its own arrangements of solemnly burning Finnish tangos and Piazzolla’s Argentine passion as it is with Norwegian masters Grieg, Sinding, Geirr Tveitt, and Ole Bull.

Purchase tickets at

Tickets will be available online through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th, by phone during our normal business hours over the weekend,and at the door before the concert.


May 31, 2015 | 4 PM ICELAND
Asa Gudjonsdottir, violin & Julien Beurms, piano “Sirens of the Sun Voyager”

Iceland-born violinist Asa Gudjonsdottir is joined by Belgian pianist Julien Beurms in a program that includes a seafaring adventure with Icelandic masters Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Jón Nordal, and Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, the unexpected bluesy twist of Ravel’s “Sonata No. 2,” and a rollicking finale with Bartok’s electric “Roumanian Dances.” Gudjonsdottir is a Fulbright scholar, a graduate of Reykjavik Conservatory, Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Stetson University, and the Hartt School of Music. Beurms is also a Fulbright scholar, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Mons, New England Conservatory, and Director of the Brussels Chamber Music Festival.

Purchase tickets at

Tickets will be available online through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th, by phone during our normal business hours over the weekend,and at the door before the concert.

New MuseumCapital Campaign Updates: The New Nordic Heritage Museum

Read about progress on the Capital Campaign, see renderings and models, and find out how you can contribute to the new Nordic Heritage Museum! Every day we get closer to closing the funding gap and every dollar makes a difference. Consider a donation today!

Museum Address

3014 NW 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

Museum Hours

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday

We are closed on Mondays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Admission Prices

Adults $8
Seniors and college students $7
Children over 5 years $6
Children under 5 years free

Members of the Nordic Heritage Museum free

First Thursday of each month: free admission all day

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