Our summer celebration has gone virtual! This year, we focus the fun and learning on the great outdoors with the theme of "Nordic by Nature."
The National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase, Nordic Sól, returns in 2020 for an entire month of virtual activities.
Focusing on the beauty of the outdoors, the importance of sustainability, and what nature means to both residents of the Pacific Northwest and the Nordic countries, you'll find programming for all ages as well as some exciting new additions like our virtual Artisan Marketplace.
First up is our new T-Shirt Design Contest. See rules below. The vote for winning designs will be during the first weekend of Nordic Sól.
We'll be joined by artists, instructors, experts, and friends galore for virtual book talks, art classes, demonstrations, and more. To get reminders by email, sign up for our newsletter at nordicmuseum.org/newsletter.
Thank you to our event sponsors, including: Nordic Council of Ministers, Seattle Neighborhoods, Arts Fund, 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, Scan|Design, Barbro Osher Foundation, and the Nordic embassies.
Museum Store T-Shirt Design Contest
Submit Designs Friday, June 12–Thursday, July 16
Voting Thursday, July 23–Sunday, July 26
Want to see your artwork on an official National Nordic Museum T-shirt? Our Museum and Museum Store have a special contest for you! Three winners will receive prizes and have their artwork printed on t-shirts for sale in the Museum Store.
Designs should fit no larger than a nine-inch by nine-inch space; designs must be limited to no more than two colors (designs will be printed on a heather gray tri-blend shirt); designs must be inspired by Nordic themes; limit one entry per person; entries must be received by 11:59 pm July 16, 2020.
Selection and Prizes:
Nine (9) finalists will be selected by a National Nordic Museum art committee; public vote on the top 9 finalists will take place virtually on July 23–26, 2020 to determine top 3 designs; three (3) winning designs will be announced by July 31, 2020; three (3) winners will each receive a gift pack from the National Nordic Museum and Museum Store worth $150 including a Family Membership to the Museum (good for one year), and six (6) T-shirts featuring their winning design; winning designs will be sold online and in the Museum Store for one (1) month; the top selling design will remain on sale for the duration of 2020
Virtual Run Like a Viking
July 25–August 31
Run Like A Viking is going VIRTUAL!
Let the Museum inspire you to keep moving and remain active, while having fun with your friends and family! This year, Run Like A Viking will kick off our Nordic Sól summer celebration. Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon distance challenge. You choose the day of your race (July 25–August 31). National and international participation is encouraged!
Log your miles as you run outside, walk on a treadmill, bike, kayak, skateboard—whatever way you move can be how you race. Bonus points if you do it while dressed like a Viking!
All entrants will receive a custom Run Like a Viking T-shirt, downloadable racing bib, and two (2) general admission tickets to the National Nordic Museum.
Sign up here.
Virtual Artisan Marketplace
Friday, July 24–Monday, August 31
In this curated, virtual artisan marketplace, our Museum Store will host local and Nordic artists on our digital platform for five weeks. You can shop from and interact with these incredible artists from the comfort of your home, with every dollar spent going directly to the artist. Our Museum Store will specials and deals as well!
A link to access the Virtual Artisan Marketplace will be available beginning July 24.
Virtual Crafts & Cocktails
Friday, July 24 | 6–7pm
Recharge from your day with an evening of creativity and fun! The Museum's resident mixologist will guide you through the recipe of an earthy cocktail, and artist Anna Brones will teach you how to make a nature-inspired craft with supplies you have around the house. Registration required; event will take place on Zoom.
Virtual Crash Course: Nordic Artists Communing with Nature
Saturday, August 1 | 2–3pm
In the 1800s, Nordic artists depicted the landscapes of their home regions with increasing frequency. Taught by art historian Leslie Anderson, the Museum's Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, this crash course will trace the development of Nordic landscape painting through the close examination of four works of art. No prior knowledge of art history required! Registration required; event will take place on Zoom.
Virtual Book Talk: Deep River w/ Karl Marlantes
Thursday, August 13 | 6pm
The award-wining and critically acclaimed author Karl Marlantes will talk about his new novel, Deep River. Marlantes applies the epic narrative sweep of his best-selling novel, Matterhorn, to a family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle in a logging community in southern Washington. Registration required; event will take place on Zoom. Copies of Deep River are available in our Museum Store.
Ghost of the Northern Forest: A Visual Natural History of the Great Gray Owl w/ Paul Bannick
Sunday, August 16 | 2pm
Award-winning author and photographer, Paul Bannick will take you on visual journey through a year in the life of the Great Gray owl, one of several Nordic-American owls featured in the recent Nordic Kultur article “A Who’s Hoo of Nordic American Owls." Registration required; event will take place on Zoom. [Image is cropped for webpage. Original image courtesy Paul Bannick.]
Virtual Kids' Crafts
Weekly throughout Nordic Sól
Join us in making a Nordic Sól-themed craft each week with recycled materials in this family-friendly activity. Each Friday we’ll release a fun new craft on our blog, and link them here. Dates will be clickable when the blog posts are live to take you right to the activity!
August 7—Nordic Stories
Specials at Freya
Throughout Nordic Sól
Our favorite cafe, Freya, have cooked up two delicious specials for Nordic Sól: one family friendly treat, and a drink just for grownups.
Dozen Assorted Cookies ($18)
This assortment features mandel kakor, havrekjeks, chocolate slice, and kokostoppar cookies
Icelandic Mule Bottled Cocktail ($8)
Grab a bottle to go! This Icelandic Mule (think a Moscow Mule but transplanted 5,000 kilometres west) features Reyka vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, ginger ale, and club soda