Home   Visit   Calendar NEW!   Exhibitions   Events   Education   Collections   Donate   Join   Volunteer   Sponsor   About   Contact   Mostly Nordic   Viking Days  

Children's Programs

Teen Programs

Adult Programs

Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

For Teachers

Education Programs

For Kids and Families

Nordic StoriesNordic Stories

The first Thursday of each month, 10:00 am - 11:00 am am - 11:00 ambr>
Join us for our fifth year of Nordic Stories, geared toward preschool aged children and their grown-ups. Held the 1st Thursday of each month from 10am to 11am, Nordic Stories features children's stories from the Nordic countries, along with fun craft projects. This is a free program, no reservations are necessary. Please note: This program is not intended for large groups.

Thursday, June 4
10:00 a.m.
Sweden: Oink, Oink Benny, Barbro Lindgren

Thursday, July 2
10:00 a.m.
Vikings: Dragon Stew, Steve Smallman

Thursday, August 6
10:00 a.m.
Trolls: Troll Swap, Leigh Hodgkinson

Thursday, September 3
10:00 a.m.
Norse Myths: Edda, A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School, Adam Auerbach

Thursday, October 1
10:00 a.m.
Trolls: Good Babies. A Tale of Trolls, Humans, a Witch, and a Switch, Tim Myers

Thursday, November 5
10:00 a.m.
Vikings: The Last Viking, Norman Jorgensen

Thursday, December 3
10:00 a.m.
Christmas/Sami: Who's That Knocking On Christmas Eve?, Jan Brett

Heritage CampComing up:
Heritage Camp: Nordic Celebrations

Monday-Friday, June 22-26
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Reservations starting April 1

Heritage Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-11, and will be a week of fun activities and crafts related to Nordic celebrations! We are happy to announce that the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 is again co-sponsoring camp.

The cost for Heritage Camp is $175 per camper. Registration for Nordic Heritage Museum members is $150, and $100 for members of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, thanks to an extra subsidy they are providing to their members. Reservations are necessary and can be made starting April 1 by contacting Alison Church at: (206) 789-5707, ext. 19 or by email at: alisonc@nordicmuseum.org. Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, 2015ne 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily

Reservations are necessary and can be made beginning April 1.

Contact Alison Church at (206) 789-5707, ext. 19 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

LEGO Workshop
Tuesday, June 30
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Attention LEGO fans: Time to sign up for our 6th annual LEGO building extravaganza with local LEGO guru Dan Parker! Spend time creating on your own with the large supply of LEGO bricks and specialty pieces, or join one of Dan’s break-out classes on LEGO tricks and techniques. Explore various aspects of LEGO design along with other LEGO enthusiasts!

Please note that this class is for children ages 5–12. Pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary.

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 general admission.

Register at lego-workshop.eventbrite.com

Barneleikarringen of Greater Seattle
Two Sunday afternoons each month

Calling young dancers and musicians!

Barneleikarringen invites young people to enjoy Scandinavian music and dance!  Students and parents learn fun folkdances from each of the five Nordic countries, followed by a participatory session of traditional music.  No prior experience necessary – all dances are taught!  Dances are geared for everyone ages 4 and up. We love it when parents, grandparents and friends dance with the kids.  Children also have the opportunity to take part in performances with the group at various locations.

We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month, September through June, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., followed by social time until 2:45 p.m. and a music jam session from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Most practices are held at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

The group is sponsored in part by Leikarringen and Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001.

Questions? Call (425) 954-5257 or email Barneleikarringen@gmail.com
Visit our website: https://sites.google.com/site/barneleikarringen/home

Hope to see you there!

Teen Programs

Teen Council Exhibit Install
Nordic Heritage Teen Council

The Nordic Heritage Teen Council (NHTC) is a small group of high school students who contribute to the exhibits, programs, and events at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The council meets biweekly over a 10-week period to develop and implement projects for the Museum. They are also active in volunteering with the various events at the Museum throughout the year.

Currently the NHTC has a display on view at the Museum titled Boxing Up the Past, Packing for the Future.

Learn more about the NHTC and their work around the museum on their blog.

Pictured right: Teens learn how an exhibition is created by curating their own. Here installation is in progress.

Adult Programs

Nordic Woodcarving
Craft School Series

We're pleased to host a variety of workshops, classes, and lectures for adults as a part of our Craft School Series. Learn Norwegian rosemaling or how to make Danish pastries; try your hand at Nordic wood carving or taste-test Nordic beers. Craft School offers something for everyone looking to get to know Nordic culture and have a lot of fun.

More information on our events page.

Learn more by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 37

Nordic Knitting CafeNordic Knit and Spin Cafe

*Please note: April's Nordic Knit and Spin Café is rescheduled for Sunday, April 12, as the first Sunday of the month in April is Easter.

First Sunday of the month, September through June, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Both new and experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their knitting and spinning projects and find kindred spirits at Nordic Knit and Spin Cafe.

You don’t have to be Nordic to knit Nordic!

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation.

Scandinavian Language Institute

The Scandinavian Language Institute (SLI) has been providing Seattle-area adults their Nordic language education for more than 30 years. Whether you are a true beginner, simply need a refresher course, or are looking to advance your language skills, SLI has options for you in Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Most classes are held here at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Fall Quarter begins October 6th! Join SLI this March for a nine-week course in your choice of language and level. Tuition ranges from $85 to $110 depending on the class. Discounts and partial scholarships are available. Registration takes place in class - just show up and you're in!

See the SLI website for the full schedule for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as for information about the SLI faculty and more.

Learn more about the Scandinavian Language Institute in this great video:

Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

Arne & Carlos October 3 - 5, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference. We had a great time, and can't wait to do it again. Stay tuned for details about the next Nordic Knitting Confernce!

Meet Arne & Carlos! The popular Scandinavian knitting duo headlined the conference in 2014.

Susanna Hansson
Judith MacKenzie
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Cirilia Rose
Dianna Walla
and special guest instructor Laura Ricketts

"The caliber of the instructors is amazing, as is the camaraderie of the knitters. It was all I expected and more."
-- 2012 Conference Attendee

View the full schedule and all the details on the Nordic Knitting Conference page of the website here!

For Teachers

The Nordic Heritage Museum invites school groups to visit our exhibits, either on guided or self-guided tours. Reservations are required for all group visits at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Education Department at (206) 789-5707 ext.19 or email: alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

Museum Tours
Guided Tours
Guided tours take place in our Dream of America exhibit and include a curriculum guide, a guide to Washington State EALRs addressed, and a scavenger hunt for students to use on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Bring your class’s study of immigration, Nordic culture, or Washington State history alive with this popular tour. Travel back to the nineteenth-century Scandinavian countryside with your students to begin the journey to America through the Dream of America’s life-like settings and period artifacts. The voyage continues through captivating displays, as students board a ship to cross the Atlantic, and disembark at Ellis Island. Moving through the Midwest, the trek ends in the Pacific Northwest and Ballard, Seattle. Make the Nordic immigrant experience universal with this dynamic tour using role-playing and illustrative props! Minimum of ten students, maximum of 30 on guided tours. Larger groups can schedule back-to-back tours. One chaperone is required for every six students.
  • Appropriate for 1st through 12th grade
  • Length: 45 minutes -1 hour
  • Tuesday–Friday; 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $2.00 for students, $4.00 for adults
  • FREE for Seattle Public School groups
Self-guided Tours
Teachers are also welcome to bring students on self-guided tours. Scavenger hunts are available for all three floors of the museum.
  • Tuesday–Friday; 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $2.00 for students, $4.00 for adults
  • FREE for Seattle Public School groups

Outreach Trunks
  • Outreach Trunks are available for up to two weeks for a rental fee of $10.00
  • The trunks are appropriate for all ages
  • Each trunk includes a guide to Washington State EALRs that are addressed by the trunk
  • Trunks cannot be mailed – they must be picked up at the museum
  • To reserve an Outreach Trunk, contact the Education Department at (206) 789-5707 ext.19 or email: alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.
Immigrant Trunk
The Immigrant Trunk is full of hands-on artifacts that reflect common objects brought by Nordic immigrants to America during the nineteenth century. Use the classroom activities and teacher’s manual, personal belongings, and replicas of immigrant documents from the Museum’s collection to bring history alive. Let the Immigrant Trunk give your class a personal glimpse into the immigration period of the late 1800s.The Immigrant Trunk is a great complement to the Dream of America guided tour.

NEW! Nordic Folk Art Trunk
The newly completed Nordic Folk Art Trunk includes a wealth of folk art objects from the Nordic region. Students can explore traditional art forms such as painting, paper arts, textiles, and music. Books, music CDs, and a teacher's manual round out this classroom resource.

Viking Trunk
The Viking Trunk contains faithful replicas of Viking Age artifacts for your students to handle and try on, including clothing, armor, and jewelry. Slides depicting the world of the Vikings, informative books, and a teacher’s manual filled with information and activities for classroom use complete this fun outreach resource. Use the Viking Trunk to discover with your students how the Vikings really lived.

Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk
The Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk is an excellent resource for classes studying folktales or myths, or for those who just love trolls and Norse gods. This trunk contains troll and Norse god costumes, music stories to read in class along with story writing aids, and a teacher’s manual filled with information about trolls and Norse gods and activities to use in your classroom.

Teachers Packets
Our Education Department has created packets especially for educators to use in their classrooms.

Current Teachers Packets Available in PDF:

Holidays in Scandinavia

Nordic Holiday Crafts

Stay Updated on the Latest Nordic Heritage Museum News & Events:

Like the Nordic Heritage Museum on Facebook
Follow @thenordicmuseum on Twitter

Sign up for the Nordic Heritage Museum enewsletter!
Email us your full name and email address to begin receiving the enewsletter.

Nordic Heritage Museum