Explore with Kids: Hjemkomst Center

Hjemkomst Center
Photo credit: Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

Hjemkomst Center

Location: 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead, MN 

Along the Red River of the North in Moorhead, the Hjemkomst Center celebrates Scandinavian culture and heritage.

What to do:

Visit the Clay County Museum to view local artifacts and brush up on the history of Moorhead.

Hjemkmost Center
Photo credit: Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

Take a tour (in person or virtual)! The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County offers tours of the Hjemkomst viking ship and also the Moorhead Stave Church. 

Check out the viking ship. Named Hjemkomst, which is Norwegian for “homecoming,” the ship celebrates the history, folklore, and myths of the Vikings. The ship was donated to the City of Moorhead and has been displayed at the Hjemkomst Center since 1986.

Visit the Hjemkomst Center for one of their special exhibits or events.

Explore Viking Ship Park — hike or bike its newly paved and lighted trail 1.5 mile trail.

Check out the Moorhead Farmers Market in the Hjemkomst Center parking lot Tuesdays, May 31 through September 27, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., and then enjoy free admission to the Hjemkomst Center (from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.).

Why we love the Hjemkomst Center:

It’s a great spot for local history and to learn about Norwegian heritage.

At 72 feet tall, the Moorhead Stave Church is a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church located in Vik, Norway. 

The Hjemkomst ship is based on the story of the Gokstad burial ship that had been unearthed from a burial mound near Sandefjord, Norway, in 1880.

And admission is free on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.!

Good to know:

Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for kids up to the age of 18, and children four and under are free. 

Check out the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County website for information regarding current events and exhibits.

Looking for more fun things to do in Moorhead? Check out our post Explore with Kids: Gooseberry Mound Park.
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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.

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