Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Heritage Hjemkomst Center

Heritage Hjemkomst Center

  • 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN.
  • 218-299-5511.
  • $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, Free for 4 and under.
  • ASTC membership reciprocity.
  • Family rate of $10 on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Stroller accessible.
  • Restrooms available.

I’d heard about the Hjemkomst when I was in elementary school, but although we’ve driven through Fargo-Moorhead many times we’d never stopped to see it. When I told the kids we were going to see a Viking ship, they were very excited.

The Hjemkomst is a replica of a real Viking ship, built by Robert Asp and his family in the 1970’s, and sailed from Duluth, MN, to Norway in 1982.

We started by watching a 30-minute movie on the building and voyage of the ship, and then went to look at the ship itself from both the main museum floor and the balcony area that allows you to see inside the ship.

A replica of a Norwegian Stave Church is also part of the museum, but it was closed for renovations.

After seeing the Hjemkomst, we went to other areas of the Heritage Center, including the Clay County museum which had a kids’ activity table, an exhibit on the Red River Valley with various furs that the kids could touch, and “Woman’s Perspective” Shoe Art exhibit that included a scavenger hunt for the kids.

We spent about an hour and a half at the Hjemkomst Center. The kids loved seeing the Viking ship, but the other exhibits held their interest as well.

I saw one of the guy’s life jackets. It was really fun. I liked getting the sticker and I liked watching the movie. The ship was HUGE. When my sister saw the building, she thought there was a castle in there.


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