About Norwegian Laft Hus Society & Museum
Opened to the public in 1987, the Norwegian Laft Hus Museum is a cultural museum celebrating the Norwegian heritage. The museum was built as a result of the hard work by Norwegian Laft Hus Society which was founded in 1970’s. Created as a centre for the preservation, interpretation, and study of material relating to life and culture of Norwegian-Canadians, the Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of early Scandinavian settlers in Alberta.
What to do at Norwegian Laft Hus Museum?
The museum is a log house with a sod roof.
In visiting the museum, a guest is welcomed by a costumed interpreter who will offer a tour, some Norwegian baking and a beverage. The one room museum, itself a replica of a 17th century farm house, also known as a “stue”, is full of interesting artifacts and is often bustling with activities.
The museum offers many classes throughout the year on various Norwegian crafts and baking, such as: rosmaling (painting), knitting, needle tatting, and chip carving, hardanger embroidery, wood carving, and Norwegian Language. Many classes are offered for children, as well as adults. On Wednesdays a guest can view society members using skills from these classes to work on crafts that will be sold in the fall craft sale.
Visit the Laft Hus the second Wednesday of every month and enjoy a delicious, home-cooked Norwegian meal.- Reservations Required one week in advance.
Do not hesitate to contact the museum for information and scheduling of classes, and other events such as seminars on points of interest in Norwegian culture.
Who will enjoy the Museum?
Norwegian Laft Hus Museum is a family friendly museum where all ages are welcome to enjoy the museum. There are activities to entertain younger (and older) visitors, like the chance to dress up like a Viking, try on a bunad (a traditional Norwegian costume), or try to learn some Norwegian on laptops that are set up around the museum.
When to visit the Norwegian Laft Hus Museum?
Norwegian Laft Hus Museum Hours
Year round the museum is open to the public on Wednesdays 9:00 AM -3:00 PM
During the summer, June through August, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and on Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
How much does it cost to visit Norwegian Laft Hus Museum?
Norwegian Laft Hus Museum Admission / Tickets
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
How to get to Norwegian Laft Hus Museum ?
Location & Directions Norwegian Laft Hus Museum
For detailed directions, see the map tab.
Parking can be found in the Red Deer Museum/Red Deer Recreation Centre parking lot, or along 47 Avenue.
Parking is free.
On Saturday’s during the summer months the Red Deer Market operates just south of the museum and as such, parking may be difficult to find during its hours 8:00 AM – 12:30PM
What about accessibily & amenities in Norwegian Laft Hus Museum?
The museum is easily accessible. Though Heritage Square does have shale, at some points, narrow pathways that can at times be more difficult for strollers/wheelchairs.
Washrooms can be found in the Red Deer Recreation Centre.
Being very close to the heart of downtown Red Deer the museum is only a few minutes away from many local dining options, entertainment, and shopping.
The museum located close to accommodations such as The Red Deer Lodge, and Super 8 Red Deer City Centre.