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Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

202 1st Ave North, Moorhead, MN 56560
218-299-5511
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Moorhead
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicle the construction of the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship Hjemkomst, and its... more » Owner description: Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicle the construction of the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship Hjemkomst, and its incredible 6,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic in 1982. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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534 reviews 534 reviews
250 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

What a great place to come out of a crazy idea! One man decided to build a viking ship in his backyard. It became a phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. Whatever you do, watch the documentary first. It puts everything into perspective. The hand-built chapel is a must-see.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

It was cool to see what an actual viking ship looked like. Especially since it is part of my heritage. During our visit a tour bus of actual Norwegians came through. That was pretty cool.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is mainly a historic exhibit with an art gallery. Not a bad way to use part of an afternoon. Watch the video and take a look around. It's not bad.

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Minneapolis, MN
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We really enjoyed our time here. Looking forward to more visits for special events and to shop for gifts in the shop. The Viking ship and it's tale were fascinating. The St. John's Bible amazing. The stave church beautiful. What a place for a wedding.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

We got there just in time for a guided tour of the Stave church. It is a beautiful structure. We even saw some deer right outside. As with many small museums they are working with a limited budget. However the exhibits are all unique to this area and were very interesting. Currently showing the St. John's Bible and Prairie daughters... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

My parents were visiting from PA. We wanted to do sown thing for the afternoon that wouldn't take long. This was perfect. It was interesting and we learned something new!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My husband and our friends and I liked this little museum a lot. The staff are friendly, and we had a really fine tour guide (a young man whose last name is Campbell, if I recall correctly). He was knowledgeable and pleasant, had a good sense of how much information to offer without running on forever, and was able and... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The replica Viking Ship is fantastic! The documentary was very informative....and really told the history of how the ship was built, footage of the ship sailing to Norway, interviews with the sailors who made the voyage. A tour of the Hopperstad Stave Church replica (out the back door of the museum grounds) is a must as well. Intricate detail to... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I have to admit that when I read that this centre housed a viking ship (in the middle of the prairies) I wasn't exactly sure how good this attraction would be: I thought it would either be super interesting or really lame. Thankfully, it was the former. The documentary was very interesting and informative, and really helped me appreciate the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is a very nice little gem of a museum. The story of the Hjemcomst (the movie is short but very informative) is wonderful and amazing that anyone could get a replica ship built, fitted, and ready to sail to Norway from New York. What is even more amazing is the replica Hopperstad stave church that is right next to... More

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