All exhibits are currently closed

while we move into our new home in downtown Ballard.

Opening May 2018

The Life and Times of Queen Christina of Sweden

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The Life and Times of Queen Christina of Sweden

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Join the next production by Seattle Historical Arts for Kids!


• Act with our creative, mixed-age cast
• Sing beautiful music from the seventeenth century
• Learn historical dance and fencing
• Perform with professional musicians accompanying on period instruments

A cast of children and teens brings the seventeenth century to life with fencing, dancing, and music of the time. Join us for this all-ages performance of scenes from the life of Queen Christina, written by Shulamit Kleinerman and directed by Carmen Mettler. 

Who can participate: Ages 7 to teen, from total newcomers to highly experienced with music and/or theater. Roles are also available for teen vocal soloists.

When: Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, beginning Jan. 7.  The performance is Feb. 10 at 1:30pm.

Register today!

When she inherited the throne of Sweden in 1632, Christina was only six years old. Growing up, she enjoyed learning fencing with her cousins, studying languages, and inviting operas and orchestras to perform for her at court. She didn't much care for dance lessons, or for directing wars -- and although all monarchs were supposed to get married, she wasn't interested in doing that either. What she really wanted was to go to Rome and meet Italy's best composers. Soon all of Europe was talking about this unconventional queen and watching for the latest news of her travels and her exploits with music. They even asked: was Christina a woman or a man?

Accompanied by West Coast early music stars Ingrid Matthews (baroque violin), John Lenti (theorbo), and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (bass viol), this performance is co-presented by Seattle Historical Arts for Kids and Early Music Seattle in partnership with the Nordic Heritage Museum, and is supported in part by Early Music America.

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and be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.