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Events & Programs


Deadliest Catch BBQ
Saturday, May 30, 2015
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Doug Dixon of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and PFI Marine Electric and Tor Tollessen of Lunde Marine Electronics will host an exclusive seafood BBQ and VIP tour of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, including the F/V Northwestern from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Keep an eye out for Captain Sig Hansen and his crew! Up to fifty (50) people are invited to join in this unique Ballard experience, which includes a BBQ of alder-smoked king crab, salmon, and cod, and pan-seared wild Alaskan Weathervane scallops.

Contact Matt McCallum via email at MattM@nordicmuseum.org to reserve your tickets. Hurry! There are only a few spots available and they are sure to go fast!



Spring Tea
Monday, June 1
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join us for the annual Spring Tea, hosted by the Volunteer Council! Proceeds of the tea benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum. Enjoy tea, light refreshments, and—last year’s big hit!—a Chico’s fashion show.

Cost: $8 suggested donation at the door.



Nordic Stories
Thursday, June 4
10:00 a.m.

SWEDEN: Boo and Baa Have Company, Lena and Olof Landström

Join us for our eighth year of Nordic Stories, geared toward preschool-aged children and their grown-ups. Held the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m., Nordic Stories features children’s stories from the Nordic countries, along with fun craft projects.

This is a free program, no reservations are necessary. Please note: This program is not intended for large groups.



Nordic Nights
Thursday, June 4
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Join us at the Museum for our new after-hours program, Nordic Nights. On the first Thursday of the month from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., enjoy music, tours, programs and more while the exhibitions stay open late!

Keep an eye on out for more information about the programs and activities at Nordic Nights in June.



June Ornamental Woodcarving w/ Erik Holt
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome in this class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

Classes start at $45 for museum members, $47 general admission.
Visit www.nordicdragon.com for more information about tools and supplies.

Register at craftschool-woodcarving-jun.eventbrite.com



Aquavit Tasting
Sunday, June 7
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 14
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

This 2-hour Aquavit tasting and workshop covers everything you ever wanted to know about Aquavit, including history, production, styles by region, modern interpretation, flavor profiles, food pairing, drinking songs, culture, cocktailing and more!  Taste over 20 different domestic and imported aquavits as you learn the differences between them.  Ages 21+ only. 

Cost: $55 Members, $60 General Admission. Designated drivers admitted free.

Register at aquavit-tasting.eventbrite.com



Heritage Camp: Nordic Celebrations
Monday–Friday, June 22–26
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Heritage Camp is a week of fun activities and crafts related to celebrations in the Nordic countries for children ages 7–11! We are happy to announce that the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 is again co-sponsoring camp.

Reservations are necessary, and can be made beginning April 1, by contacting Alison Church at 206.789.5707 x19 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

Cost: $150 for Members, $100 for members of the Leif Erikson Lodge, $175 general admission.



Lys og Forfald (Light and Decay) w/ Harald Haugaard and Helene Blum
Wednesday, June 24
7:00 p.m.

We are happy to welcome back two of Denmark’s finest artists who come together in an outstanding ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary Danish music with great passion, presence and charm. The Blum & Haugaard ensemble is regularly touring and has captured the hearts of audiences in Europe, North America and Japan. Lys og Forfald (light and decay) is the third album from the group. 

This album will be the third and last of the trilogy with Burning Fields and Den Femte Søster as the precursors for this new album. For the first time ever it will be an album consisting of Haugaard’s compositions only and as it sounds like now the music has developed a lot since the two first albums and the general tone sounds more mellow and deep.

Cost: $15 Members, $20 general admission.

Purchase tickets at lys-og-forfald-concert.eventbrite.com



LEGO Workshop
Tuesday, June 30
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Attention LEGO fans: Time to sign up for our 6th annual LEGO building extravaganza with local LEGO guru Dan Parker! Spend time creating on your own with the large supply of LEGO bricks and specialty pieces, or join one of Dan’s break-out classes on LEGO tricks and techniques. Explore various aspects of LEGO design along with other LEGO enthusiasts!

Please note that this class is for children ages 5–12. Pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary.

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 general admission.

Register at lego-workshop.eventbrite.com


Swedish Crayfish Dinner
Friday, July 31, 2015
Time TBD


This feast features all you can eat crayfish, herring, rolls, salad, dessert, wine, beer, soda, and more. The Museum’s Crayfish Dinner is a wonderful addition to your summer plans. This feast is limited to 40 people.

Contact Matt McCallum via email at MattM@nordicmuseum.org to reserve your tickets. Hurry! There are only a few spot available and they are sure to go fast!


Coming soon.


Studio Tour & Reception with Steve Jensen
Friday, September 18, 2015
7:00 p.m


Only 100 tickets are available for this exclusive event! Please join us on Friday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. for a private reception at the Capitol Hill studio, gallery space, and home of celebrated local artist Steve Jensen. There will be great food, live music, and the opportunity to mingle with the artist while shopping the gallery of Jensen’s work. Winning bidders will be entered into a drawing to win the piece of their choice from the gallery, valued at $1,200! This is a party not to be missed, so purchase tickets for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Contact Matt McCallum via email at MattM@nordicmuseum.org to reserve your tickets. Hurry! There are only a few spot available and they are sure to go fast!

Special Events

Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds special events in addition to our regular programming.

Mark Your Calendars for These Exciting Events!

Viking Days
Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015

Nordic Knitting Conference
Held every other year, TBD 2016

Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015

Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord
*For information on this year's Mostly Nordic Champer Music Series, click here.
Sundays in February, March, April, and May, 2016

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