All exhibits are currently closed

while we move into our new home in downtown Ballard.

Opening May 2018

Our New Home

Explore the new building and core exhibition designs.



The Nordic Heritage Museum is presently housed in a structure built in 1907 and leased from the Seattle School District.

Museum leaders have long recognized the need for a new purpose-built facility that will allow the organization to realize its potential as a modern museum and thriving community center. This new facility will not only enhance the Museum's programmatic offerings, but will ensure its future. 

In 2009, with the help of gracious donors, the Museum completed the purchase of the future building site on Market Street between 26th Ave NW and 28th Ave NW in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Then, in June 2012, the Board approved the current $45 million Museum plans outlined here.

Key stakeholders, including Museum members and Capital Campaign donors, came together last summer to hear about our progress in the campaign for a new, permanent home on Market Street. Presentations included information about fundraising activities and plans for the new facility. 

The current plan features 57,000 sq. ft. of new purpose-built construction, which will include interactive and immersive core exhibitions, dedicated areas for classrooms and a craft studio, and a state-of-the art auditorium  — ideal for presentations and performances. Temporary exhibitions will be presented in a dynamic 3,700 sq. ft. gallery, designed to accommodate world-class exhibitions from the national galleries of the Nordic countries. An additional 2,500 sq. ft. of climate-controlled storage will allow for appropriate stewardship of our important and expanding collection of art and objects.

Plans for the new Nordic Heritage Museum will integrate Nordic sensibility into every aspect of its design, programming, and operations.

Core exhibitions will share Nordic and Nordic-American cultural heritage with a wide audience, and the facility will incorporate Nordic ideals such as functional design and environmental sustainability.  

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Our new facility will open May 5, 2018!


Closed During Transition!

Join us in May 2018
and be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.