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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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Special Notice: Museum Displaying Limited Collection on Thursday and Friday

On Thursday, November 20th and Friday, November 21st, the Museum will have an extremely limited portion of the Collection on display and accessible as we prepare for Yulefest. Admission to the Museum will be free for all ages. Thank you for your patience as we deck the halls for our biggest event of the year!


Yulefest is coming soon!

Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Vendors sell hand-crafted wares, and traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks are sold. There is music and dancing, plus a visit from Santa, a raffle with fantastic prizes and a Silent Auction. Yulefest is a 37-year strong tradition in Ballard, and this year’s will be bigger and better than ever!


Learn more about Yulefest here.

Click here to view a map of the Yulefest, the performance schedule, and a list of all the vendors!






Special thanks to all of our wonderful Yulefest sponsors, including:






We're hiring!

We are currently hiring a Collections Manager. The Nordic Heritage Museum is a great place to work. Would you like to join us? Learn more about the position here.



Coming Soon: Imaging the Arctic by Tod Gangler
Maria Coryell-Martin, Kristin Laidre & Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen

December 12, 2014 – February 22, 2015

This interdisciplinary exhibit explores the impact of climate change on West Greenland’s ecology and culture through the work of three women: marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre, expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin, and Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen.

Image: watercolor of Kullorsuaq, Greenland by Maria Coryell-Martin









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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The Museum gratefully acknowledges support from:

4 Culture.org       ArtsFund     Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs     Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation


Nordic Heritage Museum | 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 | Phone: (206)789-5707 | E-mail: nordic@nordicmuseum.org