Children's Programs

Adult Programs

Nordic Knitting Conference 2016

For Teachers


For Kids and Families

Nordic StoriesNordic Stories

The first Thursday of each month, 10:00 am - 11:00 am am - 11:00
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, 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

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!

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

nordicknittingcafeNordic Knit and Spin Cafe

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 -Classes starting soon!-

The Scandinavian Language Institute (SLI) has been providing Seattle-area adults their Nordic language education for more than 35 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, Norwegian, and Swedish. Classes are held here at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Fall Quarter begins the week of October 5th! Join SLI this Fall for a nine-week course in your choice of language and level. Tuition rates can be found at their website. Partial scholarships are available. Registration takes place in class - just show up and you're in!

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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 2016

Arne & Carlos October 8-10, 2016

Our 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference was a huge success, and we can't wait to do it again in 2016! We will welcome back some of our fantastic instructors as well as welcome a few new ones, and hope you join us for an informative and fun weekend.

The popular Scandinavian knitting duo Arne & Carlos headlined the conference in 2014 and will join us again in 2016!

View the full detailes and schedule on our Nordic Knitting Conference 2016 page!

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

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