Nordic Heritage Museum/National Nordic Museum
--Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, Fleets and Facilities Department ImageBank Digital Photographs, 126389. --
The original Nordic Heritage Museum in the former Webster School building.
The Nordic Heritage Museum opened in 1980 in the Ballard neighborhood in the former Webster School, which was rented from Seattle Public Schools. The Nordic Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing Nordic and Nordic American culture and does so through folk arts programs, educational programs and exhibitions. In 1993, it was recognized as the only Nordic museum in North America. The lack of a proper climate control system and other building limitations caused the Nordic Heritage Museum to seek a new location. Starting in 2003 the museum began to raise funds and acquire land in Ballard, retaining its connection to this neighborhood founded by Nordic immigrants. After a long fundraising and building process, the new National Nordic Museum opened on May 5, 2018.
- Primary Form of Entity: Nonprofit
- Primary Artistic Discipline: Crafts; Folk/Traditional/Heritage Arts
- Primary Areas of Activity: Arts Education: Children and Youth; Arts Education: Adults
Research and Resources
Visit National Nordic Museum
HistoryLink.org: Nordic Museum (Seattle): Its Opening