Skål! Scandinavian Spirits

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Presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits

Denmark, Norway and Sweden share a “spirited” tradition of enjoying beer and aquavit – sometimes together, sometimes separately. This exhibition explores the cultural history of these beverages, follows those drinking traditions to Scandinavian-American communities, and answers questions like “What IS aquavit, anyway?” and “How do you ‘skål’ correctly?” Fun, informative, and engaging, this exhibition will travel to Scandinavian museums across the United States between 2015 and 2018.

This exhibition is developed in partnership with other Scandinavian-American museums, and will travel across the United States.

The national tour includes the following venues:

Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa April 24 – October 25, 2015
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Dec 11, 2015 – Feb 28, 2016
Swedish American Museum, Chicago April 1 – June 19, 2016
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Iowa August 12 – December 31, 2016
American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia January 28 – September 17, 2017
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Nov.11, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018
Hjemkomst Heritage Center, Moorhead, Minnesota  June 30 – October 8, 2018 
City of Greeley Museums, Greeley, Colorado February 2 - July 20, 2019

This national traveling exhibition is made possible through the generosity of:

American Swedish Historical Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund - Seattle, Washington

The American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York, New York


A banner version of this exhibition is also available to borrow, consisting of 10 pop-up banners.  To learn more or make a reservation, contact Tova Brandt at