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Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

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Address: 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560-1985
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+1 218-299-5511
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicle the...

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.

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Interesting visit well worth a stop

We had never heard of Robert Asp or his desire to build the Hejmkompst ship to sail from his hometown in Minnesota to his homeland in Norway. He started building the ship with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 10, 2016
Kay M
Augusta, GA
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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

We had never heard of Robert Asp or his desire to build the Hejmkompst ship to sail from his hometown in Minnesota to his homeland in Norway. He started building the ship with his family and others but died of cancer before he could see it completed. His family, several sons and a daughter, fulfilled his dream by finishing it... More 

Thank Kay M
Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

The museum housed a Viking replica shipped actually sailed 6100 miles from Lake Superior to Norway in 1982. Be sure to watch the video shown. Also an exhibit of the history of prohibition in the area, some pioneer artifacts. You also get a tour of the replica Hopperstad Stave Church - lovely! Cafe, gift shop, restrooms.

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winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

This is a must-see. A full-sized Viking ship built by one man (later had help from his family) which sailed from Duluth to Bergen (and back). We had passed it many times, but never thought to visit - what a mistake. As well, there is a reconstructed "Stave Church," a full-sized copy of a 12th century wooden church in Vik,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Brought 8 people from out of town here and they all found it both interesting and enjoyable. We had 60 minutes to burn and could have easily stayed another 15 minutes or so. You won't be disappointed here!

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Kenyon, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

If anywhere in the area, it is worth a trip to Moorhead MN to see this center, the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. Hjemkomst means homecoming. It has several floors of exhibits, that are all very nice, but the main item in the center is the big Viking Boat that is housed inside the center. The history of this boat being... More 

Thank MNGal66
New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The girl at the visitor's center suggested I seeing the boat that was hand built and sailed to and from Noway. So I stopped in to see the boat. Since I had time I thought I would walk around the museum, but a $10. I decided to see the boat check out the gift shop and head out. The gift... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

What to do in Fargo after you have seen the woodchipper? Why not go look at a very large boat- of course. Easy to get to, lots of parking. The building looks odd from the outside. But do not hesitate to go in. Stop first at the gift shop- its a good one. The museum is curious and interesting- leave... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I took my sister with me to see this place. There are many floors of displays of art works. The main attraction is the boat inside the tent-like structure. We also got a tour of the church built to that style of that era. The gift shop had lots of interesting things to purchase. We both enjoyed our visit and... More 

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Mandan, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

My kids really enjoyed the ship exhibit for which the museum is named. The stave church was also interesting to them. Younger kids may not find this to be as enjoyable as older kids who have more of an interest in history. The exhibits change often. There were several interesting exhibits including one on the history of prohibition in Moorhead.... More 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Got to see a replica of a stave church and a viking ship. Great story behind the man and family behind it. I recommend if in the area.

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