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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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Up Next: The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn by Tod Gangler
Ballard is in transition once more, but this time is it plunder or progress?

Member Preview: Thursday, September 18
September 19-November 16

The Color of Time: From Dusk to Dawn features the newest body of work by photographer Tod Gangler. The enchanting photographs subtley examine Ballard as a neighborhood in transition. Gangler’s photographs are made with a unique process that includes a long exposure time, which not only creates beautiful, intriguing images, but also alludes to the rich history of the art and science of photography. The effect of these long exposures is a sense in the photographs that time is collapsed, segmented out, and emphasized.

Exhibtion support is provided by The Maurer Family Foundation.

Coming Soon: Home Sweet Home Drawing for Home Sweet Home by Laurence Landois

Member Preview: Thursday, September 18
September 12-September 30

This installation of work and related drawings by French artist Laurence Landois is inspried by the story of Edith Macefield, who famously turned down one million dollars to sell her home in Ballard to make way for commercial development. The installation is guest-curated by Laurie LeClair.

Capital Campaign Updates: The New Nordic Heritage Museum

New 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!

Coming Soon: Taste of Iceland
Experience Icelandic culture October 9-12.

Taste of Iceland returns to Seattle October 9-12, 2014! This popular annual event celebrates Iceland's food and music with a variety of cultural offerings, giving Seattle residents a true "taste of Iceland." The Nordic Heritage Museum is proud to participate in Taste of Iceland with out upcoming exhibition Odin’s Eye.

October 10 – November 9, 2014

Odin's Eye art exhibit seeks to build an inspirational bridge between Americans and Icelanders as artists visually interpret the Norse Mythology through various mediums. Participating artists include Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Lulu Yee , Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson. The exhibit is sponsored by Icelandair Cargo and Iceland Naturally.

 Derek Weisberg
 Michael Linton Simpson Lulu Yee

Kristin Ragna Gunnarsdottir
 Pandora Andre-Beatty

Thanks for a Great Viking Days 2014
Viking Days 2014

Thanks for making the 31st Viking Days another fantastic success! We hosted our first 5K, raffled off a flight on Icelandair, watched Vikings battle, and made over two thousand æbleskiver!

The results from the race can be found here.

If you want to learn to make æbleskiver yourself, sign up for the Craft School æbleskiver class in December!

The lucky raffle winners were:
• Jane Frol won two round-trip tickets aboard Icelandair
• Betty Rosenau won two round trip tickets on a Victoria Clipper with a one night stay in the Gatsby Mansion
• Beloved long-time Nordic Heritage Museum volunteer Barbra Paquette won a one night stay at Hotel Ändra
• Marjorie Palek won two passes to the Columbia River Maritime Museum
• Lynn Johansson won a Family Membership to the Nordic Heritage Museum
• Jenny Tenlen won a $50 gift certificate to Eat Ballard from

Arne & Carlos Nordic Knitting Conference 2014 Registration is Now Open!

October 3-5, 2014

The 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference — a unique chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters and textile artists — will feature Arne & Carlos, Norway’s knitting rock stars, this October 3, 4, and 5. The conference is held every other year, and focuses on techniques and styles inspired by past and present Nordic textile traditions.

Learn more and register online now here.

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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