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Nordic Heritage Museum


The Nordic Heritage Museum in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle creates a dramatic new home for the community-based museum founded in 1980, celebrating the five Nordic cultures of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. The new facility enhances the Museum’s ability to explore the past, present and future of what it means to be Nordic, and serves as a vibrant community gathering place. The new core exhibition and traveling exhibition galleries are organized around the dramatic two-story Fjord Hall, integrating interpretive story with the architecture. Mithun is responsible for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, and collaborating with Finnish architect and theoretician, Juhani Pallasmaa, and interpretive planners, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, NY to capture the essence of Nordic design and culture. A $65 million capital campaign is underway.



  • Client: Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Start: 2008
  • Location: Seattle, Washington