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Outside view of the museum

Drop-off and Parking

The Museum parking lot has four designated ADA spaces. Parking with an ADA pass displayed is always complimentary.

Entrances along NW Market Street are always accessible during Museum hours. The west entrance, on 28th Ave NW, has a ramp entrance to the facility. This side of the building also includes a drop-off area adjacent to the main entrance.

The south entrance, from the Museum’s parking lot onto The Fisherman’s Sun Terrace, also provides a ramp entrance. Occasionally, the Sun Terrace is rented out for special events and may not be accessible to the public.

Wheelchair Loan

The Museum has two manual wheelchairs available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to borrow a wheelchair for your visit, please ask at the Admissions desk for availability.


The galleries on the first floor and East Garden are accessible from the ground floor. The second floor galleries are accessible via two elevator options.


Tours are available for groups of ten or more visitors. For more information, please email us or call 206.789.5707 x7009.

Low Vision Services

Magnifiers are available at the Admissions desk for use in the Museum galleries, educational resource rooms, and the Cultural Resource Center. We ask that guests requesting to use a magnifier sign it out by leaving contact information with the Guest Services staff.

Color Accessibility

EnChroma glasses can be checked out at the Admissions desk for use in the Museum galleries, educational resource rooms, and the Cultural Resource Center. We wish to thank Visit Seattle for making these available for our guests.

Further Reading

  • About the Museum

    Through our exhibits and programs, we promote Nordic themes like our connection to nature and the constant pursuit of social justice. We explore how these values inform the world today across cultures.

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  • Hours & Directions

    The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 10am – 5pm. Paid parking is available on the south side of the building.

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  • Buying Tickets

    The best way to visit the Museum is to reserve your tickets online, in-advance. While walk-ins are always welcome, securing your ticket online will guarantee your entrance.

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  • Group Tours

    Group tours are available for schools, companies, organizations, and more.

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  • What’s in the Neighborhood

    The Museum is located in Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood with a rich history of Nordic immigration. Today, it's a vibrant, diverse neighborhood located on Seattle’s working waterfront with plenty to explore–restaurants, shops, nightlife, breweries, and the Hiram Chittenden Locks.

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  • Freya

    Freya is a Nordic-inspired restaurant that’s the perfect spot to visit anytime you want to experience a taste of Nordic cuisine.

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