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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Visiting Museums and galleries at Ballard

Nordic Heritage Museum

3014 NW 67th Street | Seattle, WA 98117
The museum is place to check out everything relating to Nordic history, especially the immigration of Scandinavians to the Pacific Northwest. There are areas devoted to each area in Scandinavia: Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark. In addition to this there is a permanent exhibit entitled The Dream of America, which highlights the emigration from Scandinavia to the PNW, as well as rotating gallery exhibits from Scandinavian and local artists.

Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks | Museum/Visitor center

3015 NW 54th St | Seattle, WA 98107
The Locks Themselves - It's mesmerizing to watch the water rise and fall as the gigantic doors miraculously open and close. To understand why this is a miraculous feat of engineering be sure to stop by the visitors center and learn the who-what-when-where-why of how it all came to be. While some might say "It's no Panama Canal" let me assure you, our locks are not dwarfed by their more famous brethren. Sure, the boats going through the locks here are pleasure crafts and fishing vessels but who wants tankers disturbing our salmon run anyway?

OKOK Gallery

5107 Ballard Ave NW | Seattle, WA 98107
"If you're a fan of Giant Robot, Uglydolls, Be@rbrick, or KidRobot, OKOK is definitely the place to go. This place is fabulous, and the staff is great. The art exhibitions here never fail to disappoint. OKOK is a great place to find unique items with a sense of wit and nostalgia for the Gen-X set." (Source: Avitania - Yelp reviewer, photo by: Kathleen W)

Blowing Sands Glass Blowing

5805 14th Ave NW | Seattle, WA 98107
"David Smith is a terrific glass artist. If you are in Ballard, you owe it to yourself to stop and take a walk through his shop and studio. We bought two of his hand-blown pendant lights and they were just what we were looking for, and at a very reasonable price. He has some other great pieces that would make wonderful gifts." (Source: Brent A - Yelp Reviewer)

La Tienda Folk Art Gallery

2050 NW Market St | Seattle, WA 98107
La Tienda has always sought to find the finest hand-made crafts by going to the original source, understanding the culture that nurtures them, and then bringing them to our customers at a fair and reasonable price.