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Nordic Journeys


Nordic Journeys expands the Museum’s classic immigration story to include a broader understanding of Nordic life and culture as it has evolved over the last twelve thousand years.

This exhibition encompasses five distinct galleries. It features not only beloved and important artifacts from our own permanent collection, but also more than 100 objects that have been offered as loans from museums throughout the United States and the National Museums of all five Nordic countries—including stone axes and tools that are more than four thousand years old; Viking-era rune stones, swords, keys, and jewelry; religious objects from the seventeenth century; and examples of twentieth-century modern design.

Nordic Journeys explores the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—as well as looks at Greenland, the Åland Islands, and the Sápmi cultural region of the Sámi people. 

The Nordic Region gallery, featuring a replica Viking ship, a raven, and dozens of panels and artifacts

A large screen shows scenes of the Nordic regions while indoor birch trees and fake rock pillows sit in front
Folk costumes of the Nordic countries in bright colors
A woman uses her cellphone to take a picture of a red bicycle on display