Home   Visit   Exhibitions   Events   Education   Collections   Donate   Join   Volunteer   Sponsor   About   Contact         Nordic Knitting Conference

Northern Lights Auktion

Mostly Nordic 2014

Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

Nordic by Nature Cultural Tour

More Upcoming Events

April May June

Annual Special Events


Featured Event:

Photo by Frank Martin Ingilae
Northern Lights Auktion
Saturday, May 10, Doors Open 5:00 p.m.

Join us at the Grand Hyatt Seattle for an evening filled with champagne, delicious food, and exciting auction lots! This year’s auction is a celebration of mothers, so bring the special lady in your life and find some great Mother’s Day presents to show how much she means to you. Plus, all proceeds benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum!

There will be many, many auction items and packages. Here are just a few highlights to whet your appetite! Make your reservations today; it’s never been easier! Tickets are $100 per person through April 25; $125 per person after April 25; and $1,000 for a table of 10.

Eventbrite - 29th Annual Northern Lights Auktion

Or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Photo by Frank Martin Ingilae, mayor of Tana, Norway.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Chevron Glacier Fish Company Harvester Enterprises
Hotel Andra Pacific Fishermen Trident Seafoods

Aleutian Spray Fisheries American Seafoods Company

and Ildhuso Fisheries, Camco Electric, Mark I, PPLP, Richard L. Prout Attorney at Law, and Westwood Mortgage.

More Upcoming Events:

Mostly Nordic 2014
Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord

Welcome to the 2014 season of Nordic chamber music, presenting internationally and nationally acclaimed artists. These cultural ambassadors represent all five Nordic countries and will capture the magic of rarely heard masterpieces. This is a unique opportunity to sample the many moods of the Nordic landscape — without buying an airline ticket!

Each of the concerts is followed by a smörgåsbord of Nordic delicacies from the featured country. Admission to all Nordic Heritage Museum exhibits is free to concert-goers before the performance. A true bargain of cultural pleasures – and one not to be missed.

— Lisa Bergman, Artistic Director

Bergman has led the Mostly Nordic Series as its artistic director for the past 19 seasons. She won the 2013 Gracie Award for writing and hosting the Exploring Music program on Classical KING FM 98.1. Currently, Bergman hosts the Classical Middays program on KING FM 98.1.

The 2014 season is dedicated to the memory of Olaf Kvamme, founder of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, a son of Norway, and a citizen of the world.


Larua Log, Beth Kirchoff, & Laura DeLuca Norway “Breaking the Language Barrier: Norwegian & Danish Songs by Foreigners”
Sunday April 27, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Laura Loge, soprano
Beth Kirchhoff, pianist
Laura DeLuca, clarinetist

Soprano Laura Loge, specialist in Scandinavian Art Song graduate of Stavanger Conservatory, St. Olaf College, and New England Conservatory, is joined by Seattle Opera Chorus Master Beth Kirchhoff and Seattle Symphony and Seattle Chamber Players’ Laura DeLuca. The trio presents an in-depth, fascinating exploration of the vivid network of Grieg, Delius, and Schumann paired with the evocative and haunting work Natt Sanger of American composer Abbie Betinis.

Purchase Concert + Smörgåsbord Tickets or Concert-Only Tickets Here! No fees!
Concert + Smörgåsbord: $47 for Members; $55 for non-Members
Concert Only: $22 for Members; $27 for Non-Members

Eventbrite - Mostly Nordic: Norway, "Breaking the Language Barrier"

Or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Jussi Makkonen & Ruusamari Teppo Finland “Fantastically Finnish”
Sunday, May 18, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Jussi Makkonen, cellist from Finland
Ruusamari Teppo, pianist from Finland

Direct descendent of Jean Sibelius, Ruusamari Teppo is an award-winning pianist (Bradshaw, Buono, and Petrof competitions), renowned on stages throughout Europe. Teppo is joined by cellist Jussi Makkonen, a concert artist on three continents and recording artist. Well-known as champions of Sibelius’s music, together they present Finnish works for cello and piano including a rare selection of pieces performed only by members of the Sibelius family!

Purchase Concert + Smörgåsbord Tickets or Concert-Only Tickets Here! No fees!
Concert + Smörgåsbord: $47 for Members; $55 for non-Members
Concert Only: $22 for Members; $27 for Non-Members

Eventbrite - Mostly Nordic: Finland, "Fantastically Finnish"

Or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir & Parnassus Project Iceland “Iced Coffee”
Sunday, June 1, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist from Iceland
& members of Parnassus Project

Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir debuted with the the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony and is a graduate of Cleveland Institute and The Juilliard School. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Richard Good, and the Guarneri Quartet. For this concert, she is joined by Parnassus Project of greater Seattle, praised for connecting chamber music to the cafe culture with top-notch performances and interaction with audiences providing a fresh take on the classical concert experience. The program features rarely heard Icelandic gems by Hallgrímsson, Nordal, Bjarnason, and Bjornsson culminating with Brahms A Major Piano Quartet in grand style.

Purchase Concert + Smörgåsbord Tickets or Concert-Only Tickets Here! No fees!
Concert + Smörgåsbord: $47 for Members; $55 for non-Members
Concert Only: $22 for Members; $27 for Non-Members

Eventbrite - Mostly Nordic: Iceland, "Iced Coffee"

Or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Full 2014 Concert Schedule

“Devilishly Danish”
Sunday, February 23, 4:00 p.m.

“How Swede It Is”
Sunday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.

“Breaking the Language Barrier: Norwegian & Danish Songs by Foreigners”
Sunday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.

“Fantastically Finnish”
Sunday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.

“Iced Coffee”
Sunday, June 1, 4:00 p.m.

A note on the program schedule: for each concert, the doors open at 3:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 4:00 p.m. and dinner served directly after the concert concludes.

These programs are subject to slight change.

Mostly Nordic receives support from
Scan|Design Foundation by Jens & Inger Bruun Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation 4Culture ArtsFund Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Enchantment Ädventyr
Book Talk: Enchantment Ädventyr, H.C.A., and I Understand

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.

Carol E. Skog will give a talk on her book Enchantment Ädventyr, a creative variation of a Swedish fairytale, featuring the unique customs of Swedish holidays.

Skog, a Scandinavian scholar, studied one year in Sweden with The Scandinavian Seminar and holds a bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University. This, her first published book, will be avaiable for purchase at the talk.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

Eventbrite - Book Talk: Enchantment Ädventyr, H.C.A., and I Understand

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

GiveBIG Save the Date: GiveBIG on May 6!

This year, the Seattle Foundation presents an incredible opportunity to support the Nordic Heritage Museum. GiveBIG, the one-day online donation event through the Seattle Foundation will take place on Tuesday, May 6. Be a part of one of the largest days of giving in our region by donating to the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Your online donation on that day will receive a percentage of matching funds from the Seattle Foundation! Last year we received more than $10,000. We hope with your generous support that we can exceed last year’s amount!

All donations will be directed toward our 2014 Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is one of the Museum’s most important fundraisers of the year. These gifts help cover the costs beyond admission revenues, membership fees, and program grants. So, please help us promote Nordic culture and share the Nordic spirit!

Stay tuned for more information as the day draws near!

Syttende Mai

Hipp, Hipp, Hurra for Syttende Mai!

Saturday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ the Nordic Heritage Museum
8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. After-Party @ Anthony’s HomePort Shilshole Bay

Celebrate this momentous year for Syttende Mai at the Nordic Heritage Museum: 2014 marks the 200th celebration in Norway and the 125th year of celebrations in Seattle! Join us at the Museum before the parade (which starts this year at 6:00 p.m.) for family-friendly activities, food, and free admission.

May 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ the Nordic Heritage Museum Hugo Accordion Band Just announced: Hugo’s Accordion Band will perform from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Nordic Cafe!

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. After-Party @ Anthony’s HomePort Shilshole Bay The big day continues with an after-party co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate. Join us at Anthony’s HomePort Shilshole Bay at 8:30 p.m. for delicious food, aquavit, and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Norwegian Constitution Day.

Purchase tickets for $75 each here:

Eventbrite - Syttende Mai After-Party @ Anthony's HomePort Shilshoe Bay

Sponsored in part by
Mustad Autoline Jackson Remodeling

Special Opportunity: 17th of May Street Scramble

Born in Norway, the sport of orienteering is growing in popularity around the world. On May 17 you can experience this fun activity at Street Scramble Ballard, an urban orienteering event for the whole family set at the Nordic Heritage Museum!

To find out more, visit the Street Scramble website. Day of event registration opens at 8:30am, and the race starts at 9:30am.

General, age 22+ - $24.00, $30 day of event
Youth, age 13-21 - $14.00, $20 day of event
Kids, age 6-12 - $5.00
Kids, age 5 or under - Free
General, age 22+, on team with kids 12 or under - $14.00, $20 day of event

This event is organized by Street Scramble Ballard, see their website for questions and more information.

Movie: Victoria

Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.

Victoria is a handsome adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s acclaimed 1898 novel that showed to a sold-out audience at the Nordic Lights Film Festival in January. This sumptuous drama is set against the backdrop of Norwegian fjords and forests at the turn of the 20th century, and tells the story of star-crossed lovers Johannes and Victoria.

Growing up together in the verdant woods of Victoria’s family’s estate, the two fall in love while they are still children. As a young adult, Johannes finds renown as a poet and novelist but is still too poor to win Victoria’s hand. Instead, against her will, Victoria’s father arranges her engagement to a wealthy army officer (Bill Skarsgård). Jakob Oftebro, who plays Johannes, was recently chosen as one of the 10 best young European actors of 2014. Directed by Torun Lian, the movie is 105 minutes and is in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Movie: Victoria

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

PechaKucha Night
PechaKucha Night: Living Loving Nordic Design

Thursday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce the next PechaKucha Night in support of the exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living! PechaKucha Seattle returns to the Museum to discuss Nordic design in its unique 20x20 fashion. Presenters will be announced soon!

First formed in Tokyo in 2003, this 20x20 format features simple presentations of 20 images shown for 20 seconds accompanying presenters’ talks. These informal and fun gatherings have since spread around the world. No-host bar and refreshments provided by the Museum.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - PechaKucha Night: Living, Loving Nordic Design

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Lecture: Iceland & Latvia: The Financial and Human Crisis

Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.

Visiting UW scholar Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson, Ph.D., speaks on how the global economic and financial crisis hit hard in Iceland and Latvia. Economic developments prior to the crisis, as well as response to the crisis were, however, different in these two countries, yielding different results. Both countries received assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the crisis and the IMF has labeled their reform programs as success stories. In this lecture, Hilmarsson reviews and evaluates the post crisis situation in Iceland and Latvia both in terms economic performance as well as social progress. He also discusses how other countries, as well a multilateral institutions, may have influenced the reform programs in Iceland and Latvia.

Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson is a Professor at the University of Akureyri, School of Business and Science, Iceland. HE teaches courses on international business and macroeconomics. He received his cand. oecon. degree in Economics from the University of Iceland in 1987, MA in Economics from New York University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in public administration and economic development from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He served as a Specialist and Coordinator with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. from 1990 to 1995, at the World Bank´s office in Riga from 1999 to 2003 and the World Bank´s office in Hanoi from 2003 to 2006. From 1995 to 1999 he served as a Special Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iceland. Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson was a Visiting Professor at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga in the Fall 2013 and is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle the Spring 2014.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Lecture: Iceland & Latvia: The Financial and Human Crisis

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Sommarnöje, 1886, by Anders Zorn
Documentary: Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age

Thursday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening of this fascinating documentary about Anders Zorn. Director and producer Joshua V. Hassel will attend to introduce the movie and lead a Q&A session after the screening.

One of the most famous living artists at the turn of the 20th century, Anders Zorn (1860–1920) dazzled the art world with his bravura paintings, watercolors, and etchings. In this documentary filmed at the Zorn Museum in Mora, Sweden, Anders Zorn's story is told by museum director Johan Cederlund and other Zorn experts from Stockholm's National Museum, San Francisco's Legion of Honor, and Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Zorn’s portraits of the powerful, that also included depictions of European royalty and American captains of industry, represent half of Zorn’s oeuvre, with the other half being his paintings of everyday Swedish life. Together they have made him Sweden’s premier painter.

View the trailer for the documentary here:

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Documentary: Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Painting at right: Sommarnöje by Anders Zorn (1886).

Nordic Beer Tasting
Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting and Drinking Songs

Sunday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Craft School presents a special midsummer evening of beer and song. Sample and analyze a wide range of Nordic-style beers, including the first tasting of fresh batches brewed especially for this event. Taste samples of the barley, malt, and hops used to gain a better understanding of the craft of beermaking.

Then, join the museum’s music archivist, Kathi Ploeger, to learn some typical Nordic drinking and midsummer songs. Kathi will share her expertise in the history and culture of Norse drinking traditions.

Buy your tickets online soon; the event is likely to sell out!

Cost: Members $30; general admission $35.

Eventbrite - Nordic Beer Tasting and Drinking Songs

Or you may call Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Docomomo WEWA
Docomomo WEWA Night

Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of Danish Design! Enjoy remarks, a reception, and a special viewing of the exhibit Danish Modern: Design for Living.

This event is co-sponsored by Docomomo WEWA, which stands for Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Western Washington, and is a local community of individuals who share a passion for Northwest Modernism. Their mission is to promote appreciation and awareness of Modern architecture and design in Western Washington through education and advocacy.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Docomomo WEWA Night

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Henrik Ibsen by Gustav Borgen
Staged Reading: Enemy of the People

Monday, June 30, 7:00 p.m.

Come to this staged reading of a new translation of Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork, Enemy of the People. Adapted by Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Braden Abraham and in workshops for future local performance, this is a new, modern take on a classic play.

Cost: $10 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Staged Reading: Enemy of the People

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Photograph of Henrik Ibsen by Gustav Borgen.

Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
Nordic by Nature Cultural Tour

October 15-28, 2014

Join the Nordic by Nature Cultural Tour and visit some of the world’s greatest historical, natural and artistic masterpieces: Copenhagen’s Tivioli Gardens, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Thorvaldsen’s Museum – housing the greatest collection of the works of Bertel Thorvalsen, and of course the Little Mermaid as she perches on a rock by the water’s edge.

Visit Krongborg Castle, set on the cliffs of Elsinore above the Baltic shore, Oslo’s Vigeland Park and Norway’s National Gallery. Leaving Oslo you will travel along the shore of scenic Tyrifjord to visit the Hadeland Glassworks and Glass Museum and on to visit Torpo Stave Church and the Vøringfoss waterfall (one of Europe’s largest).

You will travel the scenic Eids Fjord, and sail by ferry across the Hardanger Fjord, as well as motor across the Fyksesund Bridge on the imposing Fykse Fjord, to visit the Ingebrigt Vik Museum. To explore the colorful city of Bergen, you will continue along the Sør Fjord. In Stockholm, visit the famous City Hall with its elegant Golden Hall, the unique Vasa Ship Museum, Sweden’s National Museum of Art, and the Garden and Villa of Carl Milles, Sweden’s most famous sculptor.

Download the detailed itinerary and reservation request here!

Cost per person: $5,499 double occupancy (add $1,399 for single). The price includes: round-trip airfare from Seattle, Washington, economy class; 11 nights in first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities; 1 night on board the DFDS Seaways (inside cabins) cruise ferry; breakfast daily and 6 dinners; extensive sight seeing as per itinerary - all sightseeing in private deluxe motor coaches and includes the services of expert guides and entrance fees; experienced Far Horizon’s Tour Director in Scandinavia; travel in private deluxe motor coaches; hotel taxes and service charges; baggage handling and porterage at the hotels; all taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.

For questions contact Jan Woldseth Colbrese at 206.789.5707 ext. 39 or at janwc@nordicmuseum.org. Or you can speak directly with the tour managers Far Horizons at 877-482-8747 or info@fhorizons.com.

Special Events

Viking Days
Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds three special events in addition to our regular programming.

Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for more information as they get closer!

Northern Lights Auktion: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Viking Days: August 16 & 17, 2014
Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year) October 3 - 5, 2014
Yulefest: November 22 & 23, 2014

Visit our Museum Flickr page for photos from all these great events!

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