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Tips for Your Visit

Outside view of the museum

A few tips to make the most of your visit to the National Nordic Museum

Museum Gallery Map

View or download our online map: (PNG) (PDF)

Admission Re-Entry

Your Admission fee is good for the whole day, allowing you to leave and return to the galleries with proof of purchase.

Food and Drink

For the protection of our artifacts, food, and drink are not permitted in the Museum galleries. Guests may eat in our open foyer or enjoy our onsite café, Freya.


Personal, non-commercial photography is allowed at the Museum, provided no flash is used. We request that tripods and other large equipment not be used in the galleries to prevent any harm or damage to other visitors or the artifacts. If you are interested in using our space for commercial photography purposes, please contact our Director of Operations and Facilities.

Coat Check

We offer complimentary coat check at the Admissions desk. Please ask the Guest Services staff to assist you when purchasing your admission. It is advised to not leave personal items such as laptops, wallets, or phones in the coat check.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items are collected by the Guest Services staff. If you have left something behind at the Museum, please contact us at 206-789-5707 x7000.

Leave at Home

To provide the safest, most enjoyable atmosphere for all visitors to the Museum, we ask that you do not bring these items with you to the museum: large bags or backpacks, non-service animals, firearms or other weapons, and pens or markers. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact Guest Services.

The National Nordic Museum offers discounted or free admissions

  • As a participant in the Museums For All program, the Museum offers reduced admission for all visitors with public assistance identification cards. Bring your WIC, EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, ProviderOne, etc. or Registered Foster Family identification to the museum to receive $2 general admission per person for up to 5 people per card. For more information, please email Guest Services.
  • As part of Free First Thursday, admission to the Museum is free on the first Thursday of each month. Reserve your tickets in advance online and make sure to stop at the Admissions Desk to check in for First Thursday. Access to special exhibitions is available for $5 per person on First Thursdays.

The National Nordic Museum is a proud participant in the Seattle Safe Place program.

Available Discounts


2-for-1, or 50% off one ticket

Educator Discount

50% off one ticket per valid Educator ID

Gold Card/Ageless Seattle

2-for-1, or 50% off one ticket for valid card holders


2-for-1, or 50% off one ticket

Museum Employee

One free admission ticket per employee with Employee ID/nametag

NARM Membership

Free admission for equivalent Membership plan at home institution (Family, Dual, etc.) with valid NARM card

Seattle Public Library Pass

Free admissions passes are available for Library card holders at

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

    Learn More
  • 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.

    Buy Tickets
  • Group Tours

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

    Contact Us for Group Tours
  • Accessibility

    Our facility meets ADA-certified accessibility standards. We also have options for wheelchair loans, magnifiers available for low vision guests, and more.

    Accessibility Information
  • 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.

    Explore Ballard, WA
  • Rent the Nordic

    National Nordic Museum offers private event space, available to rent for large gatherings and small groups.

    Learn More