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Norway House, Minneapolis

913 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Admission: $6.00
$5/pp • 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

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.

Norway House Lending Library

The lending library offers books featuring Nordic, Nordic-American, and Minnesotan authors. Books with Nordic folktales are included in this collection.

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.

Family Membership to the Norway House

Family memberships are $70. Norway House defines family as "two adult members plus two children under 18 living in the same household". If your personal definition of family includes a few more children, you'll need to pay their admission separately or purchase an "Under 30 Membership" for  them for $25. 

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