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“Seattle Treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nordic Heritage Museum

Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
206-789-5707
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Ranked #64 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A tribute to those northern European cultures - Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Icelandic - that comprised many of Seattles early immigrants.
Seattle, Washington
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Seattle Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Okay, I just dissed Ballard in general, but I love the Nordic Museum. The main exhibits are charming and a little rustic and soon to be updated when the new museum opens. The traveling exhibits are wonderful, contemporary Scandinavian treasures. I come here about 4-6 times a year and always find something memorable.

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Seattle
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“A great Exhibit of REAL Seattle.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

While it is a bit on the North end of town in Ballard, a stop at the Nordic Heritage Museum is a great stop to learn about the people that made Seattle what it is today. It is a combination of history museum and art museum. The main floor is focused on the immigration from Europe to Seattle. The upper floor focuses on the individual countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. The upper floor is also where the rotating art exhibits are at as well as a gift shop. In addition they hold many events such as concerts and foreign language classes. It is a bit out of the way and is frequented by more locals than tourists, but it is a great inexpensive way to spend a couple hours. Also the Ballard neighborhood itself is a great place to visit away from the downtown tourists.

Visited September 2013
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“Very inviting and engaging”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Equal amounts of visual to writing in the exhibits. A wonderful overview if you did not want to read every word. We shalll return.

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Seattle, Washington
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“Really interesting and underrepresented Seattle history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Nordic Heritage Museum shows a really important side to the history of Seattle - a large part of the city's history is tied up in the story of Scandinavian immigrants, and without this museum that wouldn't really be represented! It provides an interesting backstory to Seattle culture. The museum could do a bit more to spruce up the permanent exhibits but the temporary exhibits of contemporary art can be really cool (the paper cutting exhibit I saw last time I was there was really wonderful). If you can, it's worth walking to the museum from downtown Ballard, because you see some nice houses that show what the area looked like before it all turned into condos, and there are plaques on the street corners saying the old street-names before Ballard was annexed by Seattle.

Visited April 2013
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“A must visit for people interested in Nordic Settlement of the area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

There was lots to see so plan on spending a good hour or two visiting. Well laid out displays and areas. Plans for a new building so I will be back to experience that as well.

Visited April 2013
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