National Nordic Museum

National Nordic Museum A museum and cultural center celebrating the Nordic countries and their people. The Museum is open Tuesday -Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
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Happy Independence Day to all our Finnish friends! Today Finland celebrates its 106th year of independence 🇫🇮
12/06/2023

Happy Independence Day to all our Finnish friends! Today Finland celebrates its 106th year of independence 🇫🇮

12/04/2023
Have you ever tried making æbleskiver? These delicious, spherical Danish "pancakes" are notoriously tricky to make. Take...
12/03/2023

Have you ever tried making æbleskiver? These delicious, spherical Danish "pancakes" are notoriously tricky to make. Take on a holiday baking challenge this weekend with the exact recipe we use every year to make æbleskiver for Julefest! Make sure to tag us in your creations 🇩🇰

🧌 Weekend vibes with Frankie 🍿Visiting the Museum for one of our many fantastic programs this weekend? Don't forget to v...
12/02/2023

🧌 Weekend vibes with Frankie 🍿

Visiting the Museum for one of our many fantastic programs this weekend? Don't forget to visit Freya for a hot beverage and then stop in at the Nordic Museum Store to squeeze in some Scandi-inspired holiday shopping!

📷 Nick Klein.

We're just ONE WEEK away from your first look at "Søren Solkær: Sort Sol"! We'll be opening our gallery doors on the eve...
12/02/2023

We're just ONE WEEK away from your first look at "Søren Solkær: Sort Sol"! We'll be opening our gallery doors on the evening of Friday, Dec. 8 for a special preview for Members and a chat with the photographer behind the exhibition. The installation will be open to all beginning Saturday, Dec. 9! Tickets for both days and beyond can be found on our website: nordicmuseum.org/events/sren-solkr-sort-sol-members-opening

📷 Søren Solkær. Black Sun #149, Rome, Italy. Image courtesy of the artist.

🐦‍⬛ For the first time in a U.S. museum, Søren Solkær's "Sort Sol" is a photographic series that studies the murmurations of starlings. The Danish term "sort sol” refers to these murmurations, the forms of which temporarily obscure the sun. A “murmuration” is the shifting shape formed by a flock in flight and derives from “murmur,” or the soft sound of the starlings’ flight calls and fluttering wings as they move together midair. Starling murmurations take myriad forms—from abstract to representational, and Solkær has captured this phenomenon with his camera across Europe since 2017.

Film & Fika attendees: head up the street after our world premiere of "Without Them I Am Lost" this Saturday and hang wi...
11/30/2023

Film & Fika attendees: head up the street after our world premiere of "Without Them I Am Lost" this Saturday and hang with santa and his elves! Need tickets for the screening? ➡️ nordicmuseum.org/events/film-and-fika-december

🎅Santa and his elves are getting ready to celebrate the holidays in Ballard. Take a free photo with him under the Centennial Bell Tower in Marvin's Garden Park. There will be free popcorn, treats, hot cider, music and merriment from 2-5 PM on December 2nd. All Tomte Trails lead to Ballard HolidayFest so be sure to bring your stamped Tomte Trail passports to the event, get your prize and enter to win the grand prize of a Family Membership to the National Nordic Museum !

Don't miss your chance to hear from world-renowned photographer Søren Solkær, whose iconic portraits of starling murmura...
11/30/2023

Don't miss your chance to hear from world-renowned photographer Søren Solkær, whose iconic portraits of starling murmurations are the subject of the much-anticipated exhibition "Sort Sol", opening December 9 at the National Nordic Museum!

🐦‍⬛ Friday, 12/8: Members, hear from the exhibition photographer and enjoy an exclusive preview of the installation before it opens to the public! RSVP for our Members Opening—tickets are limited: nordicmuseum.org/events/sren-solkr-sort-sol-members-opening

📷 Sunday, 12/10: Solkær returns for a discussion with the Museum's Chief Curator Leslie Anderson about his career in photography, from portraits of some of the most influential musicians of our time to his work seen in "Sort Sol". This program is FREE and open to all: nordicmuseum.org/events/artist-talk-soren-solkaer

It's  ! We're participating in this year's international day of giving, and we hope you'll join us in supporting nonprof...
11/28/2023

It's ! We're participating in this year's international day of giving, and we hope you'll join us in supporting nonprofits like the National Nordic Museum. Together we can continue to strive to create connections, generate dialogue, and inspire new perspectives—within our community and beyond. 🇫🇮 🇩🇰 🇮🇸 🇸🇪 🇳🇴

Click here to donate today! All contributions big or small are seen and deeply appreciated: nordicmuseum.org/donate

We're counting down the days until "Søren Solkær: Sort Sol" opens at the National Nordic Museum on Saturday, December 9!...
11/28/2023

We're counting down the days until "Søren Solkær: Sort Sol" opens at the National Nordic Museum on Saturday, December 9! Step inside the acclaimed Danish photographer's upcoming special exhibition, shown for the first time in a US museum. Solkær's work captures the mesmerizing shapes of starling "murmurations," a mysterious phenomenon known to obscure the sun temporarily, called "sort sol" in Danish. Renowned for iconic portraits of Björk, The White Stripes, Paul McCartney, and Adele, among others, Søren Solkær turned his lens to the sky in 2017, documenting the phenomenon across Europe.

✨ Members: don't forget to register for our exclusive Members Opening on Dec. 8 (it's free) for a special preview and a chance to hear from the artist: nordicmuseum.org/events/sren-solkr-sort-sol-members-opening

🖼️ Søren Solkær. Black Sun #128, Houtwiel, Friesland, the Netherlands. Image courtesy of the artist.

📣 CLOSING TODAY! Head down to Ballard before 5pm today for your final opportunity to see the astonishing work of 12 cont...
11/26/2023

📣 CLOSING TODAY! Head down to Ballard before 5pm today for your final opportunity to see the astonishing work of 12 contemporary Indigenous artists hailing from Sápmi, Canada, and Alaska. Don't miss your last chance to see "Arctic Highways"!

“Stories of the constellations have been passed down over generations within both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Humans and animals have used the stars to navigate for thousands of years and still do to this day. As the stars become hidden by light pollution, we start to lose our way. This image was taken at the Badlands in Grasslands National park, a Dark Sky Preserve and a preservation area for one of the largest tracts of natural grassland in North America. The Badlands landscape reveals isolated buttes, weathered outcroppings, and eroded gullies. Perched atop my hat are the Indigo Bunting Birds who use the stars to navigate. Carrying the universe, they lead me to the stars as I seek answers in the sky.” –Meryl McMaster

🎨 Meryl McMaster, “Lead Me to Places I Could Never Find on My Own I. & II, 2019. Print on aluminum.

📷 Photo Bakery

It's  ! Today is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities. Here's just a tiny...
11/26/2023

It's ! Today is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities. Here's just a tiny handful of our favorite small businesses who joined us at Julefest last weekend. Check out our website for a full list of the vendors who came together to make Julefest magical this year, and make sure to give them your support this holiday season: nordicmuseum.org/news/julefestvendors

Pictured:
1. Cooper Art and Abode
2. Pops Popcorn
3. Monster Dogs
3. Michael Holberg Glass
5. Swede Hill Distilling
6. Salt Blade
7. Elentari Handverk
8. Pilgrim Coffee
9. Scandinavian Hearts

Images courtesy of Nick Klein.

Closing soon! Celebrate Indigenous voices today with "Arctic Highways," on view through this Sunday, 11/26 at the Nation...
11/24/2023

Closing soon! Celebrate Indigenous voices today with "Arctic Highways," on view through this Sunday, 11/26 at the National Nordic Museum. Plan your visit this weekend: nordicmuseum.org/exhibitions/arctic-highways

🎨 Olof Marsja (b. 1986) works mainly with sculptural expressions where the organic, industrially produced, and handmade are put together into ambiguous figures and objects. In a playful and serious way, he addresses issues of identity, the present, and history. The emerging sculptures are hybrid figures that slide between categories such as visual arts, crafts, imagination, reality, man, and animals.

🖌️ Olof Marsja, “iSurfer,” 2019 reindeer hide, earthenware, wood adhesive, carbon fiber, wood, acrylic paint and iPad.

📷 Photo Bakery

Today we're grateful for YOU, our friends and Museum supporters! Wishing you all a restful holiday. The National Nordic ...
11/23/2023

Today we're grateful for YOU, our friends and Museum supporters! Wishing you all a restful holiday. The National Nordic Museum will be CLOSED all day today, November 23. We will resume our regular hours through the weekend beginning tomorrow. Stop by through Sunday, 11/26 to visit Arctic Highways before it leaves! 🍂

Don't miss the final week to see "Arctic Highways: 12 Indigenous Artists of the Circumpolar North"! Add contemporary Ind...
11/22/2023

Don't miss the final week to see "Arctic Highways: 12 Indigenous Artists of the Circumpolar North"! Add contemporary Indigenous art and handicraft to your "must-see" stops this holiday weekend. On view through Sunday, November 26 in Ballard!

P.S. The National Nordic Museum will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 23. Plan your visit in advance at nordicmuseum.org!

Image by Photo Bakery.

That's a wrap on another phenomenal Julefest! We couldn't have done it without our incredible vendors, performers, volun...
11/20/2023

That's a wrap on another phenomenal Julefest! We couldn't have done it without our incredible vendors, performers, volunteers, staff, and supporters. Skål to you, Ballard! 🍻

Meet Ailsa Nash! Ailsa is an incredibly talented artist who designed our Nordic Salmon Sweater totes for Julefest! Becom...
11/19/2023

Meet Ailsa Nash! Ailsa is an incredibly talented artist who designed our Nordic Salmon Sweater totes for Julefest! Become a Member Today and snag one of these limited edition bags 🐟

11/19/2023

We have free glögg and cookies! Come through this fine Julefest weekend!

Good morning and happy Julefest! This is your final reminder that parking in Ballard today and tomorrow is going to be V...
11/18/2023

Good morning and happy Julefest! This is your final reminder that parking in Ballard today and tomorrow is going to be VERY tricky. If you can utilize public transportation or rideshare, we highly encourage you to do so. We'll see you soon, friends! 🍻

Do you know the story behind one of the National Nordic Museum's longest-standing (and most delicious) holiday tradition...
11/17/2023

Do you know the story behind one of the National Nordic Museum's longest-standing (and most delicious) holiday traditions? Volunteer-run and led since its inception, Goodies2Go is a beloved part of the Museum’s Julefest festivities. This weekend, we're excited to welcome 2023's bakers! Make sure to arrive early both days—these iconic treats sell fast 🍪

One of the Museum’s longest-standing traditions may also be its most delicious. Volunteer-run and led since its inception, Goodies2Go is a beloved part of the Museum’s holiday tradition, and it's officially back for another year! We're excited to welcome this year's bakers and their iconic trea...

Only 3 days ‘til we get to see all your beautiful Jule-smiles again! 🤶 Remember: Julefest is happening rain or shine, so...
11/14/2023

Only 3 days ‘til we get to see all your beautiful Jule-smiles again! 🤶

Remember: Julefest is happening rain or shine, so make sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately! And don’t forget to grab your tickets in advance at nordicmuseum.org/julefest to spend less time in line, and more time inside the fest🎄

Let the countdown begin! Julefest is this Saturday and Sunday at the National Nordic Museum! Grab your tickets in advanc...
11/13/2023

Let the countdown begin! Julefest is this Saturday and Sunday at the National Nordic Museum! Grab your tickets in advance to speed through the line. Plus, check out our website for all the details, from transportation to a full list of vendors: nordicmuseum.org/events/julefest

Calling all glögg-ersl We strongly encourage you to pre-order your bottle of Sjöblom Glögg if you plan to take some home...
11/11/2023

Calling all glögg-ersl We strongly encourage you to pre-order your bottle of Sjöblom Glögg if you plan to take some home during Julefest next weekend—this will save you time waiting in line. Simply select the National Nordic Museum at checkout for this free pick-up option! Order now at www.gloggclub.com/shop.

🎟️ Have you reserved your Julefest tickets yet? Time is running out! We highly encourage you to RSVP For November 18 & 19 so you can take advantage of the Fast Lane and spend more time enjoying Julefest. This applies to Members as well as general admission! Visit nordicmuseum.org/events/julefest.

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11/10/2023

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Our pastry case awaits at Freya , can’t wait to see you here!

TBT! Check out this poster from our second ever Julefest! We dug this retro beauty featuring an oldschool Jule-troll out...
11/09/2023

TBT! Check out this poster from our second ever Julefest! We dug this retro beauty featuring an oldschool Jule-troll out of our Collection just in time for . We can’t wait to see you all next weekend for our 46th Julefest—grab your tickets at nordicmuseum.org/julefest 🎄

Come visit the Nordic Spirit in its new and final home — under a custom-made shelter in the Museum's East Garden! We are...
11/08/2023

Come visit the Nordic Spirit in its new and final home — under a custom-made shelter in the Museum's East Garden! We are thrilled to finally realize our vision for the Nordic Spirit. The shelter will increase accessibility, engagement, and learning opportunities to give the storied object new life once again (keep reading for more info about the boat's previous lives!)

Dating to the 19th century, the Nordic Spirit was constructed in northern Norway and used as a fishing boat for almost 150 years. Volvo Penta at Sea purchased the vessel in the 1970s as part of their advertising efforts and employed a Swedish artist to outfit it with Viking-style embellishments. The boat lived out its second life in advertising until the Museum acquired it in 1980.

We are thankful to the following groups who made this project possible: The design team Mithun; the dedicated volunteers from CSR Marine who moved the boat using traditional methods; the Cooper-Newell Foundation, who funded the project; and the construction team at Corti Construction, Inc.

We’re so excited to welcome our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for a special workshop reading of The Snow Queen o...
11/05/2023

We’re so excited to welcome our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for a special workshop reading of The Snow Queen on December 3! Registration is free. Enjoy this beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale inside magical Osberg Great Hall. Recommended for ages 6 and up: nordicmuseum.org/events/the-snow-queen-workshop-reading

Join us for The Snow Queen Script Reading! ❄️ Come to the National Nordic Museum in Ballard on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 6:30pm for a script reading of The Snow Queen! Registration for this event is ❄️ FREE.

The public is invited to RSVP on National Nordic Museum's website and enjoy this dramatic reading by professional actors! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

The Snow Queen is a remarkable adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story, penned by NYC-based playwright Matt Opatrny. SCT's Associate Artistic Director Johamy Morales, in collaboration with Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts, will be leading a group of actors in a workshop script reading of The Snow Queen. The ultimate goal of this workshop is a future production on SCT's mainstage!

We’re so excited to welcome our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for this special workshop reading of The Snow Quee...
11/05/2023

We’re so excited to welcome our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for this special workshop reading of The Snow Queen on December 3! Registration is free. Enjoy this beloved Hans Christian Andersen take in Isberg Great Hall!

Join us for The Snow Queen Script Reading! ❄️ Come to the National Nordic Museum in Ballard on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 6:30pm for a script reading of The Snow Queen! Registration for this event is ❄️ FREE.

The public is invited to RSVP on National Nordic Museum's website and enjoy this dramatic reading by professional actors! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

The Snow Queen is a remarkable adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story, penned by NYC-based playwright Matt Opatrny. SCT's Associate Artistic Director Johamy Morales, in collaboration with Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts, will be leading a group of actors in a workshop script reading of The Snow Queen. The ultimate goal of this workshop is a future production on SCT's mainstage!

Find your hygge at Julefest! The coziest outdoor holiday market is the weekend before Thanksgiving in Ballard. Grab your...
11/04/2023

Find your hygge at Julefest! The coziest outdoor holiday market is the weekend before Thanksgiving in Ballard. Grab your tickets at nordicmuseum.org/julefest 🤶

We'll see you at 11am TOMORROW for Film & Fika! Join us for a hot beverage, a sweet treat, and a lively screening + disc...
11/03/2023

We'll see you at 11am TOMORROW for Film & Fika! Join us for a hot beverage, a sweet treat, and a lively screening + discussion of "Historjá - Stygn för Sápmi". Walk-ins always welcome!

Join us for Film & Fika, a new series where we learn together over coffee, tea, and sweet treats! Together we'll screen His...

Experience the art of papercutting through the Danish lens! Join returning instructor Jarlstrøm Paper Art - Torben Jarls...
11/03/2023

Experience the art of papercutting through the Danish lens! Join returning instructor Jarlstrøm Paper Art - Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen this Sunday, Nov. 5 for a one-of-a-kind virtual workshop—beginners and beyond welcome: nordicmuseum.org/events/danish-papercutting

About Torben: Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen began his papercutting journey in 2004. Since then, he has exhibited in over 110 locations in Denmark, Japan, and the US. Hailing from Odense in Denmark, Torben finds inspiration from fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who was born in the same town and was also a skilled paper cut artist. Torben humbly tries to keep the papercutting tradition alive today, which Andersen was an exponent of almost 200 years ago.

Fans of our recent Nordic design series: here's a chance to explore America's love of Danish Modern design! Join us on S...
11/01/2023

Fans of our recent Nordic design series: here's a chance to explore America's love of Danish Modern design! Join us on Sunday, November 5 for an in-person Meet the Author with Maggie Taft, author of "The Chieftain and the Chair: The Rise of Danish Design in Postwar America". This conversation will be moderated by architect, fabricator, and University of Washington Associate Professor Kimo Griggs. Get tickets: nordicmuseum.org/events/meet-the-author-maggie-taft

Frankie says, “Harumph grrrr,” which is troll for, “Happy Halloween (to those who celebrate)!” 🎃        Scan Design Foun...
10/31/2023

Frankie says, “Harumph grrrr,” which is troll for, “Happy Halloween (to those who celebrate)!” 🎃

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“In Sámi culture, we’ve always had to fight. Against religious oppression. Against the abuses of the state and authoriti...
10/31/2023

“In Sámi culture, we’ve always had to fight. Against religious oppression. Against the abuses of the state and authorities. Against incursions on our territory, and our culture. And now we have another fight we need to take, against climate change. And if we don’t win that one, it will be our last.”

🎥 Screen “Historjá - Stitches för Sápmi” at the National Nordic Museum this Saturday, 11/4, at 11am. Featuring Arctic Highways artist Britta Marakatt-Labba. Learn more about Film & Fika and get tickets: nordicmuseum.org/events/film-and-fika-november

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It's been a phenomenal weekend learning about the simplicity, minimalism, and functionality that serve as the pillars of...
10/29/2023

It's been a phenomenal weekend learning about the simplicity, minimalism, and functionality that serve as the pillars of Nordic design. Join us this afternoon at 2:00 pm as we welcome Nina Due (Director, Röhsska, Museum of Craft and Design, Gothenburg) and Sarah Holian (Curator, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Chicago) as they explore Nordic Design from the Swedish perspective. Tickets available here (walk-ins welcome): nordicmuseum.org/events/nordic-design-sweden

We're SO excited to announce that our friends over at Lovely Night will officially be operating our beloved Freya cafe s...
10/29/2023

We're SO excited to announce that our friends over at Lovely Night will officially be operating our beloved Freya cafe space next, just in time for Julefest! 🌲✨ Make sure to give their page a follow for updates and a peek at their one-of-a-kind creations. Stay tuned for additional details, including an official opening date and menu items!

About Lovely Night:
Lovely Night is the joint venture of dynamic husband and wife duo James and Gelsey Sherrill, each boasting years of experience in the hospitality industry. James has an extensive culinary background, having worked at renowned restaurants in Seattle and San Francisco, receiving accolades like the Rising Star Chef award from Seattle Met Magazine. Gelsey has also dedicated her career to hospitality, bringing her expertise to various establishments. Outside of work, they enjoy spending quality time with their children and doing outdoor activities.

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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The National Nordic Museum

The National Nordic Museum is a museum and cultural center where people of all backgrounds can be inspired by Nordic values, traditions, and art. Located along the working waterfront of the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, we share the broader American immigrant story through the Nordic emigrant experience, as well as the history and geography of the Nordic countries, from 12,000 years ago to the present.



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