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The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

Members: Please before reserving your free tickets or registering for events. Membership discounts are applied at checkout. In compliance with King County mandates, the National Nordic Museum requires that all visitors over the age of 12 be vaccinated against COVID-19 or, alternatively, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours of your visit. Additionally, all visitors ages 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked while indoors. Please see our VISITOR GUIDELINES for latest comfort and safety measures.



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Add a Nordic touch to your event

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Make your wedding, meeting, or event extra special by hosting at the National Nordic Museum. Our Osberg Great Hall, Fjord Hall, and terrace are perfect for weddings and performances, while our classrooms, lounge, and balcony are intimately-sized for meetings, classes, or small receptions.

Located in the heart of the thriving Ballard neighborhood, the Museum offers unique private event experiences with a flare of Scandinavian design. Located minutes away from downtown, a short walk to the world-famous Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and a quick drive to Golden Gardens, the Museum offers full services for your next wedding, gala, ceremony, meeting, and conference.

Visualize your next event in our one-of-a-kind Osberg Great Hall featuring award-winning architecture designed by local firm, Mithun. Plan a trip with your family for a private lunch before visiting the galleries to dive deep into Nordic history, art, and heritage. Feel the connection of the Museum’s community, it’s Scandinavian roots, and the history of this important waterfront area of Seattle.


Fir-clad Osberg Great Hall, lit with blue and red lights


— Spaces —

Private event spaces at the National Nordic Museum offer the charm of old Ballard in a modern, award-winning building providing the perfect touches and desired amenities needed for any event.





Clad in hemlock and laced with pendant lights, the Museum's Osberg Great Hall features over 4,200 square feet of acoustically-tuned multipurpose space. Built into the west wall is a 16:9 rear-projection screen with state-of-the-art sound system. The back of the auditorium is designed with a sliding glass wall running the full length of the eastern elevation, and provides a spectacular vista of the Museum's 3,000-square-foot Fisherman's Sun Terrace. Included in the pricing are 33 round dining tables and 400 chairs.

Capacity: Up to 600 for standing/reception; maximum of 280 for seated/banquet

Availability: Evenings, 5pm–Midnight; day rentals available


Fjord Hall, decorated with special lights on the white walls


The Museum is designed around our linear Fjord Hall that weaves together stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience. Over 280 feet long, this space offers a unique event space and includes a PA system, dramatic lighting, and one-of-a-kind art object installation.

Capacity: Up to 200 for standing/reception

Availability: Evenings only, 5pm–Midnight



The Museum's Fisherman's Sun Terrace along the southern elevation of the building provides a modern exterior setting for summer parties and events. This space can accommodate a 40x60 tent.

Capacity: 400 for standing/reception; 150 for seated/banquet

Availability: Evenings, 5pm–Midnight; day rentals available



The third floor lounge offers our guests the chance to host intimate events while enjoying some of the most iconic vistas in Seattle.  With views of the Olympic Mountains to the landmark fishing boat docks, this space also offers a spacious deck overlooking our Sun Terrace: a perfect addition to any wedding.

Capacity: 59 for standing/reception; 26 for seated/banquet

Availability: Evenings only, 5 pm – Midnight,



The Museum offers two classrooms for smaller gatherings, meetings, and classes of many kinds. Simple and elegant Scandinavian furniture offers a variety of room setups, and the classrooms are fully equipped for your conference needs. Freya offers in-house coffee and pastry services for all occasions.



The East Garden is a perfect location for intimate outdoor parties to host all your closest friends and family. It boasts a reproduction runestone and Viking ship, as well as a fully restored 1914 Finnish-style sauna. 



Download information about renting spaces at the National Nordic Museum

Rates and Capacities — FAQ — Full Brochure

 For more information, contact our rentals team via email.


We are proud to partner with these select caterers who have knowledge and experience in museum environments. Their operations have been assessed and approved by the National Nordic Museum. Please contact them directly for sample menus and proposals.

Foodz Catering  —  Tuxedo and Tennis Shoes  — On Safari Foods  —  Ravishing Radish  —  Cameron Catering



CORT Party Rentals

Butler Valet

 Blue Danube Productions


We are proud to partner with Blue Danube Productions to provide virtual solutions for any event. Though group gatherings are limited, Blue Danube is ready with virtual and live streaming options to give your guests a unique experience from the comfort of their own homes.

east garden

A closeup of a wedding table in Osberg Hall with white table cloths and fine dinner ware.
Osberg Hall, showing rows of black chairs in the cedar-lined room.
A happy groom and bride jump down the Sun Terrace stairs.
Osberg Hall, showing the large projection screen.
Osberg Hall, showing black tables in the cedar-lined room.
Osberg Hall, showing rows of tables in the cedar-lined room.
Cedar-lined Osberg Hall lit up with blue, pink, and purple lights for an event.
Cedar-lined Osberg Hall.
A sunny party on the Sun Terrace.
The Third Floor Lounge with panoramic views of the working Locks.
A buffet set up in the Third Floor Lounge.
A classroom set up with light wood chairs.
A classroom set up with light wood chairs.
The Cultural Resource Center set up for a lecture.
Please contact our Operations Manager for information regarding facility rentals at rentals@nordicmuseum.org or 206.789.5707 x7026.