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Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle, WA

(206) 789-5707

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3014 NW 67th St Seattle, WA, 98117
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  • Ashley Slater 5 days ago

    This is a cool little hidden gem in Ballard. There is a lot to read within the museum but more interestingly there are so many unique things to see! There are a couple things outside, so be sure to check those out as well! You can get through this museum relatively quickly.

  • Philip Gissen 15 days ago

    In a modern, streamlined building, designed to represent an aquatic vessel, the National Nordic Museum represents the Scandinavian tradition of Seattle. The atavistic Nordic relationship with the sea is handled well, at this tribute to the men and women who settled Seattle, and in particular Ballard. Ideals such as independent spirit, hard work, equality for all, and an open mind are stressed as a Nordic way. The displays are well done, and the museum is easy to navigate. Personally, I felt the museum was lacking exhibits on Scandinavian design and architecture, two aspects of the Nordic countries the world tries to emulate. In addition, the "Scandinavian Noir," prevalent in literature, film, music and all the arts, was mostly absent. While sometimes looked at in a negative way, the "Scandinavian Noir" has motivated greatness and creativity. It is integral to any Nordic conceptual view. Whatever my criticism may be, the National Nordic Museum is a wonderful addition to Seattle, and it honors the people who helped make Seattle a uniquely wonderful place to live and visit.

  • Erik Hammarlund 18 days ago

    I like this museum a lot, both the permanent collection and the rotating exhibits. I like the breadth of topics, from international to domestic to Seattle-specific (although I wish there were more of a local emphasis), and the experiential focus of many rooms. The building is beautifully designed. The cafe and gift shop are pretty conventional but they're worth checking out. Make sure to stop by the locks and the botanical garden while you're within walking distance.

  • D Madison 54 days ago

    As third generation Swedes and Norse descent, we made a point to visit the National Nordic Museum while near Seattle. It’s housed in a modern building and with Scandinavian crisp design. Exhibits were well curated. It took just an hour to tour the museums — we wished there had been more on display. Hoped to bring back a gift from Norway to family member from gift shop but no luck! Hope this museum grows over time. If you have the opportunity, it’s worth a visit.

  • Marie Kuranishi 108 days ago

    A very thorough, pleasant walk through history with, currently, an exhibition of Edvard Munch photography (we didn't know he photographed as well as painted). Nice parking lot, reasonable rates, beautiful space, lots of light. The signage directing our self-guided tour could have been clearer at times, but we managed to make it through. The outdoor section seems like an afterthought. I wish they did more with it. It could be a really nice space with some more work. Definitely worth a visit!

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