Located in Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum features art and artifacts from Scandinavian immigrants. The "Dream of America" exhibit on the first floor tells a story through dioramas that begin in 19th century Scandinavia and move through the Atlantic crossing, Ellis Island, New York, Midwest expansion and eventual arrival into the Pacific Northwest. Two galleries are featured on the second floor and focus on the logging and fishing industries, along with folk costumes, tools and furniture.
The third floor houses a gallery for each of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Each July, this museum hosts the Tivoli/Viking Days festival, where visitors can chow down on Nordic foods. The Gordon Ekvall Tracie Music Library is also located at the museum; a research archive for those interested in traditional Nordic music and dance, it is home to hundreds of records, audio tapes, CDs, films, slides, photos, texts and other valuable out-of-print information.