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May 19, 2020
Multicolor puffins

If you ask most people what bird comes to mind when they think about Iceland, the answer will be puffins! The puffin—or lundi in Icelandic—is often called the "clown of the sea" thanks to its brightly colored beak. Decorate your own puffin quartet in this fun coloring project! Print out the blank template, or draw your own four puffin outlines, then color them in with all kinds of different colors. 

May 13, 2020
A simple bird silhouette of blue paper with a red paper wing

Syttende Mai has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889—before Washington was even a state—and the Seattle festivities are the largest outside of Norway. With this year’s Syttende Mai parade in Ballard cancelled, try these activities instead to celebrate Syttende Mai at home!

Apr 20, 2020
A Tinn bridal hat. This tall hat is festooned with silver threads, and a red ribbon dangles behind. It is heavily embroidered in blue, red, and yellow threads.

In this Artist Takeover of the National Nordic Museum's blog, Seattle artist Lori Talcott discusses an unusual Norwegian bridal hat. Lori was scheduled to share her expertise in Norwegian folk jewelry at the Museum's Folk Art Fashion Show in April, which had to be postponed due to the global pandemic. 

Apr 15, 2020
Paper plates with brown spikes to look like hedgehogs

Our Education Department is rolling out new fun craft activities for kids on our Facebook and Instagram channels. Get all the links in this story and find some fun crafts for adults too!

Apr 08, 2020
A grid of zoom backgrounds, all featuring the Museum

The National Nordic Museum is closed but you can hang out in your favorite gallery online. Check out our collection of downloadable pictures suitable for your next Zoom chat or desktop wallpaper.