We offer many valuable resources to teachers. In addition to tours we have "traveling trunks" and downloadable resources. 

Nordic Heritage Museum invites school groups to visit our exhibits, either on guided or self-guided tours.

*Reservations are required for all group visits at least two weeks in advance.

Contact the Education Department at 206. 789.5707 x19 or email: [email protected]


Guided Tours

Guided tours take place in our Dream of America exhibit and include a curriculum guide, a guide to Washington State EALRs addressed, and a scavenger hunt for students to use on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Bring your class’s study of immigration, Nordic culture, or Washington State history alive with this popular tour.

Travel back to the nineteenth-century Scandinavian countryside with your students to begin the journey to America through the Dream of America’s life-like settings and period artifacts. The voyage continues through captivating displays, as students board a ship to cross the Atlantic, and disembark at Ellis Island. Moving through the Midwest, the trek ends in the Pacific Northwest and Ballard, Seattle. Make the Nordic immigrant experience universal with this dynamic tour using role-playing and illustrative props!

Minimum of ten students, maximum of 30 on guided tours. Larger groups can schedule back-to-back tours. One chaperone is required for every six students.

Appropriate for 1st through 12th grade
Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Tuesday – Friday; 10am, 11am, and 12pm
Cost: $2 for students, $4 for adults
FREE for Seattle Public School groups

Self-guided Tours

Teachers are also welcome to bring students on self-guided tours. Scavenger hunts are available for all three floors of the museum.

Tuesday – Friday; 10am, 11am, and 12pm
Cost: $2 for students, $4 for adults
FREE for Seattle Public School groups

Outreach Trunks

Outreach Trunks are available for up to two weeks

for a rental fee of $10.00

  • The trunks are appropriate for all ages
  • Each trunk includes a guide to Washington State EALRs that are addressed by the trunk
  • Trunks cannot be mailed — they must be picked up at the museum
  • To reserve an Outreach Trunk, contact the Education Department at 206.789.5707 x19 or email: [email protected]

Immigrant Trunk

The Immigrant Trunk is full of hands-on artifacts that reflect common objects brought by Nordic immigrants to America during the nineteenth century. Use the classroom activities and teacher’s manual, personal belongings, and replicas of immigrant documents from the Museum’s collection to bring history alive. Let the Immigrant Trunk give your class a personal glimpse into the immigration period of the late 1800s. The Immigrant Trunk is a great complement to the Dream of America guided tour.

NEW! Nordic Folk Art Trunk

The newly completed Nordic Folk Art Trunk includes a wealth of folk art objects from the Nordic region. Students can explore traditional art forms such as painting, paper arts, textiles, and music. Books, music CDs, and a teacher's manual round out this classroom resource.

Viking Trunk

The Viking Trunk contains faithful replicas of Viking-Age artifacts for your students to handle and try on, including clothing, armor, and jewelry. Slides depicting the world of the Vikings, informative books, and a teacher’s manual filled with information and activities for classroom use complete this fun outreach resource. Use the Viking Trunk to discover with your students how the Vikings really lived.

Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk

The Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk is an excellent resource for classes studying folktales or myths, or for those who just love trolls and Norse gods. This trunk contains troll and Norse god costumes, music stories to read in class along with story-writing aids, and a teacher’s manual filled with information about trolls and Norse gods and activities to use in your classroom.

Teachers Packets Available to Download

Our Education Department has created packets especially for educators to use in their classrooms.

Current Teachers Packets Available in PDF:

For more educational resource information contact our Education Department at 206.789.5707 x19

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