Explore Scandinavian Culture at the Hjemkomst Center

By Explore Minnesota

Hjemkomst Heritage CenterThe Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead brings Scandinavian heritage to life with its Viking ship, stave church, special exhibits and large seasonal festivals. Special events include the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and Midwest Viking Festival in June, offering traditional and contemporary art, culture and entertainment along with Viking-era food, chain mail armor, games and more. There's also an annual Celtic Festival in May and German Culture Day in September.

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 with the museum for hours, programs, admission prices, and Midwest Viking Festival information. For information on Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival events and tickets, contact the Nordic Culture Clubs.

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