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“ok museum but the fesival was great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Nordic Heritage Museum

Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
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Ranked #108 of 506 things to do in Seattle
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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.
Israel, Jerusalem
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“ok museum but the fesival was great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

the museum itself is just what you would expect. the story of the nordic heritage, how they got to the US and their integration into the community. we visited during the festival in august and the bonus was the food they prepared. those tastes that you wouldn't find any where else, and your money is a donation to the museum and the community so everybody wins!

Visited August 2013
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Nutley, New Jersey
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“A Special Part Of Seattle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Today I visited the museum and it was a wonderful experience from the time we entered until the time we left. We bought our admission tickets from a woman whose great uncle came to America and found gold in the Yukon. The displays of the immigration experience from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Norway to Ellis island and across America to Seattle and the Northwest were interesting for adults and children. The second floor included exhibits on the fishing and logging industries,folk art and beautiful costumes, models of Viking ships, and several works by Scandinavian glass artists. The third floor contains five rooms devoted to each of the five countries that the Nordic museum encompasses.

Visited January 2014
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“Explore Ballard's (& maybe your own) Roots”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This here, my friends, is proof that us White folks have culture!

Located in Seattle's hub of Scandinavian roots (Ballard) and hidden on neighborhood side streets (30th Ave NW and NW 68th St next to Webster Park), the Nordic Heritage Museum is "an internationally recognized museum and cultural center where people of all backgrounds are welcomed to be inspired by the values, traditions, art and spirit of the Nordic peoples" (the website stated it so well!). It boasts three floors, however, I recommend beginning on the first floor with the "Dream of America" exhibit. The museum illustrates the difficult immigrant journey many of our ancestors took to the New World to search out a better life. Personally, I LOVED seeing many pieces of art and history shared by others of Swedish and Finnish descent like myself.

A mini tour of the floors:
Floor 1:
-Dream of America exhibit
-The only restrooms

Floor 2:
-Gift Shop
-The Scandinavian's Pacific Northwest importance of logging and fishing
-Folk Art Galleries
-Library (only open by appointment)
-Rotating exhibits and galleries (Currently the "Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Glass")

Floor 3:
-Designated "National Heritage Galleries" with rooms by country (Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland)
-Creepy trolls
-"Brick World" with neat Lego (originally Danish) creations

A few tips for your visit:
-They are closed on Mondays and don't open until 10 am on the weekdays and Saturdays, and 12 pm on Sundays.
-First Thursday of each month is FREE. Otherwise prices are as follows: Adults-$6, Seniors and College Students-$5, Children 5 and older-$4, Children younger than 5-Free
-Obtain your museum pass through the Seattle Public library for two Adult entrances free of cost!
-There is coffee near the restrooms with a preferred 0.50 cent donation.
-Almost the entire museum is run by volunteers.

Museum's Hopes & Future:
The current museum space is leased by the Seattle Public Schools (it use to be a school building with the gymnasium addition holding the Dream of America exhibit). The not-for-profit organization and museum was founded in 1980 with current hopes to expand its knowledge, history and collection (many of which are in storage and not shared due to limited space) with a brand spankin' new, LEED-certified, 53,000 square foot structure. All of this will sit across from the Chittenden Locks. This will hopefully be realized in 2016 once all the funds have been raised. Please donate a little something to make this happen.

Visited December 2013
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“A journey back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We drove over 300 miles to visit the museum and explore my family roots. My great great grandmother sailed to the United States from Norway in the mid 1800's. The museum captured what it took to make such a trip and the experiences travelers encountered. The museum also captured the Nordic experience in the Washington area. I would get there soon before they move to a new building and lose it's current charm.

Visited December 2013
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“Highlights immigration into America from Nordic communities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a wonderful museum although we were not able to see it all. A Christmas fair was being set up and the very helpful docent whilst welcoming us, said that they were closed but he was quite happy for us to make our way round the museum.

It is a wonderful collection of some very human stories about the successes and failures of the Nordic communities from Europe coming to America in the 19th century. The story is told very well with personal items and there is lots to see. We were not able to see the upstairs rooms which show in greater depth the activities of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. But we suspect that they are as interesting as the ground floor exhibits. The museum has been very well put together and it is in a large school type building and it is very easy to navigate your way around the exhibits. If you are in Seattle, make sure you go and see this powerful insight into an important part of the city's history.

Visited November 2013
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