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.
What's Happening at the Museum
Lecture: The Devil is in the Details: Recent Research on the 1628 Swedish Warship Vasa
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
Nautical archaeologist Nathaniel Howe presents recent research about the Swedish Vasa ship, one of the most powerful warships in history . . .
on one of history’s shortest voyages. In the summer of 1628, the double gundeck Swedish warship Vasa was the most powerful warship in the world . . .
until it sank 15 minutes into its maiden voyage.
Since the ship was raised in 1961, it has been the subject of intensive study. Today, archaeologists and maritime tradesmen have replaced the foreign spies
of the 17th century, straining to note every detail of Vasa’s design and construction.
Read more and RSVP online here.
Lecture: The Oseberg Viking Ship — The Making of a Replica
Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.
The Oseberg Viking ship is arguably the most famous of all the excavated Viking ships, and the image of the ship and its prow is iconic. Excavated in 1905, the Oseberg now rests in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
In 2010, a non-profit group in Tonsberg, Norway, began constructing a copy of the ship using Viking age techniques and tools. Jay Haavik, of Seattle, was the lead carver of the team that undertook the
elaborate carvings on the prow and stern of the ship. In this lecture, Haavik talks about the Oseberg ship and its finds and the making of the “Saga Oseberg.”
Read more and RSVP online here.
Now on View:
Scissors for a Brush
March 22 - June 16, 2013
Using just scissors and paper as her tools, Danish-Norwegian artist Karen Bit Vejle
creates a stunning,
multi-faceted world. Now that world, where design, detail, and wonder meet, is coming to Seattle as the exhibition Scissors for a Brush
Psaligraphy — the art of paper cutting — is an art form that takes painstaking patience and concentration. Bit Vejle’s works are formed
from a large, continuous piece of paper that is folded one, two, and three times, and then cut using only a pair of scissors. Every single
scissor cut is carefully planned, as the slightest mistake can have disastrous consequences for the finished result.
In addition, alongside Bit Vejle’s work, Scissors for a Brush
will feature four original paper cuts by Hans Christian Andersen on loan from
the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark. This is a rare opportunity to see these fragile works in the United States.
Read more about the exhibition and its many concurring events here.
Photo by Lasse Berre.
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