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Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

58 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.749349 -73.97985
nr. 38th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-779-3587 Send to Phone

Photo by Jonathan B. Ragle

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Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; Third Floor Galleries: Tue-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed; Halldór Laxness Library: Wed-Thu, Sat, noon-5pm; Sun-Tue, Fri, closed; Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center: Sat, noon-5pm; Tue-Fri, noon-5pm, ASF members only; Sun-Mon, closed

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4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.


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Scandinavia House provides an enlightening, authentic Nordic experience, particularly for those whose brush with Scandinavian culture has been limited to trips to Ikea. Dedicated to all aspects of the blonde region, the modern space embraces the traditions of the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The sleek building was designed by the Polshek Partnership and its simple elegance is reflective of Nordic design aesthetics. The design also works well with the modern and contemporary paintings by well-known artists featured in the galleries upstairs. On the downstairs level, the Victor Borge Hall hosts lectures, concerts and film screenings. A special library houses Scandinavian books, newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals and magazines. Finally, visitors who want a taste of the regional food can stop at the Smörgås Chef Restaurant for a coffee or smorgasbord. On the same floor is a gift shop featuring Nordic books for adults and children as well as assorted jewelry, trinkets and specialty food items.

Halldór Laxness Library

Named in honor of the 1955 Nobel laureate from Iceland, this small library offers everything from academic journals to videos to recent newspapers from the homeland. There’s also a genealogical database to look up long-lost relatives.

If You Have Kids...
Bright and welcoming, the Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center opens its doors to families and toddlers with books, toys, workshops and parties.