The National Norwegian Center in America
Started in 2004 with the vision of being an epicenter for all things Norwegian, Norway House has grown to serve nearly 40,000 people annually and a monthly average of about 46 events, rentals, and programs per month. We’re truly succeeding in our mission to connect the United States to contemporary Norway with every new person who becomes a member and every educational program in our building.
In 2017, Norway House was honored with a gift of $5 million in matching grants from the State of Minnesota to expand the Norwegian campus around the whole block. The expansion will include event space to support even more programs, classes, concerts, and event rentals; a soft-landing spot as Norway House and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce roll out new initiatives to support Norwegian businesses coming to the United States; and a genealogy library and media center that will serve as a home to the Bygdelagenes Fellesraad’s expansive collection of archives.
Norway House secured it’s first million-dollar gift toward the match at the Midtsommer Gala during the summer of 2018 from the Sundet family. Funds continue to be raised to ensure the future of the National Norwegian Center in the United States. In 2019, Bygedelagenes Fellesraad announced that they have completed a matching challenge of $200,000 made Dr. John E. Haugo, and the genealogy center at Norway House will be named in his honor. The Norwegian Government has contributed an initial investment of $1.5 million crowns and His Majesty King Harald V of Norway has announced his official patronage.
To-date, we have raised $8.1 million toward the $13 million project! You can help us get there!