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Norway House, Minneapolis

913 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Admission: $6.00
$6 Adults • $5 Seniors 65+ • $4 Ages 2-18 (Special pricing during Gingerbread Wonderland $5 Adults/ Free under 12).
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wed. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun. 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
The Gallery is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 

Norway House is an education center that focuses on the promotion, appreciation, and understanding of the American Norwegian experience and its relationship to modern Norway and the world

Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House

Norway House Gingerbread Wonderland

Local landmarks made of gingerbread - Images used with permission from Norway House - Photo Credit: Coppersmith Photography

In 2015, Norway House began an annual Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit to share Norway’s longstanding heritage of holiday gingerbread houses. It is inspired by the City of Bergen, Norway’s famous annual Gingerbread City exhibit and hopes to convey the magic of a a gingerbread village that transcends generations, cultures and architect styles. Gingerbread Wonderland runs through the holiday season. See the Family Fun Calendar for daily times.

Special Hours and Pricing for Gingerbread Wonderland:

During Gingerbread Wonderland, the Norway House has special Galleri hours and admission prices. Wednesday hours are extended until 8 p.m. during this time and the regular prices are reduced to $5.00 for adults/seniors and free for children 12 and under. There are also special group tours available for groups of 10 or more at a discounted rate. To arrange for group tours please call 612-871-2211.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House:

If your visit inspires your family to make their own gingerbread house, you can download a pattern here.

Gingerbread Pattern courtesy of the Norway House

Get inspired, then make your own gingerbread house

The Kaffebar at Norway House 

The newly expanded Kaffebar  features lunch selections like Nordic Waffles, lefse, soup & salad, and smørbrød, as well as seasonal favorites like Gingerbread Lattes, Hot Cocoa, Gløgg, Gingerbread Cookies, Gingerbread Wonderland Waffles and Apple Cider.

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