WHO WE ARE
“Norway House connects the United States and contemporary Norway through arts, business, and culture.”
Norway House is a forward-thinking, international business and culture organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota dedicated to establishing, renewing, and advancing connections between contemporary Norway and the United States through education and partnerships centered around the arts, business, and culture.
Through our programs—which include the Gallery at Norway House, the Minnesota Peace Initiative, and the Edvard Grieg Music Initiative—you can experience contemporary art, design, and music. Visitors can engage in discussion about important topics that share links to Norway and the global community.
We serve not only as a center for our programming, but also as a convening space and resource for our business and non-profit partners, locally and globally. Numerous organizations hold regular meetings at Norway House like Norway Health Tech, the Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX), Kontakt, Ingebretsen’s, Daughters of Norway, the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA), Bygdelagenes Fellesraad, the Norwegian-American Genealogy Association (NAGA), Sons of Norway, and many others.
Through our unique relationship with the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce - North Chapter, Norway House is an epicenter and resource for Norwegian businesses coming to the United States. We’re proud to grow our business initiative with a soft-landing hub in our upcoming expansion.
WHERE WE’RE GOING
We envision a future in which Norway House is recognized as the National Norwegian Center in the United States, embodying the contemporary Nordic values of community partnership, international influence, continuous learning, and compassionate and peaceful communication. We honor our history as a complement to our present and our actions today as a road-map for coming generations. The expanded campus provides notable access for new and diverse audiences, hails a strong network for Nordic enterprise, and unites Norwegian interests under a shared roof.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
Born out of the need for a centralized location in the Midwest Norwegian-American community, Norway House has grown to serve as more than just a convening mechanism for local organizations and heritage; it’s also a destination for contemporary Norwegian art and ideas and a hub for cultivating Norwegian and pan-Nordic government and business relationships.
The big, blue Albert Quie Education Center opened its doors on Franklin Avenue, in May of 2015, sharing the block with Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, a historic monument to Norwegian heritage in the Midwest. The area’s rich residential history is quite diverse. The neighborhood was home to many Nordic immigrants during the Great Migration to the United States, and has continued to be a cultural home for immigrants from many backgrounds, as well as the heart of the urban Native American communities in Minneapolis.
The State of Minnesota invested in Norway House’s future in 2017 through a $5 million challenge grant to expand the current Norway House campus to span the entire block. in 2019, the King of Norway became a Royal Patron of Norway House, and the Norwegian government invested in the campaign. Together with Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, this block will solidify its status as the epicenter for Norwegian activities in America.