Hjemkomst Center

By: Explore Minnesota Tourism

Hjemkomst Heritage Center

Explore Scandinavian Culture at the Hjemkomst Center

The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead brings Scandinavian heritage to life with its Viking ship, stave church, special exhibits, and large seasonal festivals. Special summer events include the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, June 24-26, offering traditional and contemporary art, culture, and entertainment, and the Midwest Viking Festival, July 16 and 17, with Viking era food, chain mail armor, games, and more.

Year-round, the center presents the Hjemkomst Viking ship that was built from 100 oak trees by Moorhead resident Robert Asp as a replica of an ancient, circa 800 AD vessel. Christened in 1980, the Hjemkomst sailed from Duluth to Norway before returning to Minnesota to be permanently displayed. The stave church, another popular attraction on the center's grounds, was painstakingly built by local Guy Paulson as an exact replica of a medieval church in Vik, Norway, which is one of few stave churches standing today. Near the Hjemkomst Center, visitors can explore Viking Ship Park and canoe or take a pontoon ride on the Red River.

The Hjemkomst Center is open every day. Check the web site for hours, programs, admission prices, and Midwest Viking Festival information. For information on Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival events and tickets, contact the Nordic Culture Clubs.