Expansion, Evolution, Engagement: The Nordic Museum Saga


Building Museums Symposium 2019

New York, NY


Richard Franko

Date & Time:

02.28.2019 | 9:00 am-10:15 am

Join Mithun partner Rich Franko for the opening keynote “Expansion, Evolution, Engagement: The Nordic Museum Saga” to discover how the new Nordic Museum integrates site, building and exhibits to create a deeply immersive visitor experience and lively community hub for the greater Seattle area. Founded as a volunteer-led organization in 1979, the Nordic Museum evolved into one of the “Top Five” international museum destinations in 2018. After 20 years of operation in a leased 1907 elementary school, a new vision emerged for a museum that could host travelling exhibitions and artifacts from international collections, while keeping local character on the working waterfront of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The panel will use a chronological framework to highlight issues, challenges and solutions realized over a multi-year development process. Attendees will learn the process for developing an integrated visitor experience, combining site, building and movement to support a museum’s revised mission and exhibit storyline.

Rich’s fellow speakers include Nordic Museum director of collections, exhibitions and programs Nancy E. Zinn, PhD, and Ralph Appelbaum Associates project director Brook Anderson. The session will be moderated by Nordic Museum executive director/CEO Eric Nelson.

Date Posted: 02.28.2019