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Message on coronavirus from the National Nordic Museum CEO Eric Nelson


Written March 05, 2020

March 11 Update:

In addition to Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation that prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people, Public Health—Seattle & King County is issued a Health Officer order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.

Under an order from Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, events of less than 250 people may occur when measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk. These measures are:

  • Older and vulnerable individuals are encouraged not to attend
  • Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
  • Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
  • Proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning is readily available
  • Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed

Both the Governor’s proclamation and the Public Health order were issued March 11, 2020, effective immediately. In an excess of caution, the National Nordic Museum postponed all events occurring between March 11 and March 31, including those that draw under 250. The galleries will remain open for viewing temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.

Patrons are asked to follow all recommendations for social distancing while in the galleries.

Following this guidance of public health officials, the Museum is open with regular business hours. Postponed March events, folk school classes, and programs will be rescheduled later in the spring. If other event times or dates change, we will send email notification to all pre-registered individuals as well as post on the calendar.

We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates here.

From March 5:

Following the guidance of public health officials, the Museum is open with regular business hours.

To further ensure the health and well-being of our visitors, we are providing hand sanitizer and wipes at our front desk, and we have increased our scheduled cleanings of commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, faucets, handrails, interactive displays, and elevator buttons.

As a reminder, public health authorities advise that some of the best things we all can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus include:

  • Carefully washing our hands with soap and water multiple times a day
  • Avoid touching face with unwashed hands
  • Staying home if you have a fever, cough, or any other serious symptoms.

If you were planning to visit the Museum or attend an event but are ill, please stay at home and get well. We will work with you to reschedule your visit or provide you with an alternate event or refund.

Similarly, if you are in a group that is in higher risk from coronavirus, we do understand and support your need to avoid public gatherings and will help you reschedule as needed.

Please contact us at 206.789.5707 or for help in rescheduling a visit or receiving credit for a future event.