Fundraiser Launched to Preserve replica Gol Stave Church in Minot

Please join with us in making a difference! We’re raising money to benefit the Scandinavian Heritage Association Inc, a non-profit organization, to help pay for costs incurred to prep, stain and preserve the exterior surfaces and roof of the majestic Gol Stave Church, Gate House, Nordic Pavilion roof and picnic shelters. All are in need of preservative stains and sealers to maintain good condition!

Help us reach our goal of $15,000!

The iconic Stave church is a full-size replica of the Gol-Stave Church, which was moved from Gol, Hallingdal to the Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway about 100 years ago. This church has a special place of honor in the Heritage Park. The church was dedicated October 10, 2000. It is a unique and beautiful structure, readily recognized here in North Dakota and abroad and is only one of seven in the United States. It continues to be a desirable background for special photo sessions and unique advertising campaigns. The Gol Stave Church is held in high esteem as a tribute to our pioneer immigrants, and solidly stands as an inspirational vision of hope for generations to come.

The Scandinavian Heritage Park features not only the Gol Stave Church, but is also home to the oldest house in North Dakota, the Sigdal House, built in Norway about 1771, a Stabbur (a storehouse), Nordic Pavilion (a gathering space), 30 foot tall Dala Horse, authentic Finnish Sauna, Danish Windmill, Plaza Scandinavia, Heritage House a collection of artifacts, a beautiful waterfall, ponds, Scandinavian flag display, seasonal flower gardens, sculptures such as the famous Icelandic Explorer, Leif Erikson, monuments, picnic shelters, paved pathways and many inspirational settings for all to enjoy and is even a pet friendly location to take a stroll.

Whatever the season, the Scandinavian Heritage Park is a welcome setting, for all to experience and enjoy!

Your contribution is sincerely appreciated, every dollar raised will help make it possible for SHA to keep the buildings and features in this wonderful setting in good repair for all to enjoy!

GoFundMe – Online Donation page

We do accept donations/contributions by check; please mail them to:

Scandinavian Heritage Association, Inc.
PO BOX 862
Minot, ND 58702

Also, please be aware that all donations/contributions made outside the GoFundMe system will not be listed on the website.

For additional information about Scandinavian Heritage Association Inc:

Office Address:
Scandinavian Heritage Association, Inc.
1020 South Broadway, Minot ND 58702

Park Buildings Closed for 2020 Season

The Scandinavian Heritage Park buildings including the Stave Church are now closed to visitors for the 2020 season and being maintained to re-open again next season. The outdoor portion of the park is open 365 days a year and there is still plenty of time to get out in the park and enjoy the beautiful views, especially as fall colors will soon set in.

Updates for COVID19

Effective 7/15/2020: The beautiful Gol Stave Church is once again open to visitors from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily, 7 days a week. Please stop by and enjoy the park!

Previous updates

May 20, 2020

Effective immediately:  Scandinavian Heritage Park buildings will be closed until further notice except for scheduled events due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Updates to follow here as restrictions change in North Dakota.

– Scandinavian Heritage Association board

Online Payments Now Accepted!

The Scandinavian Heritage Association is pleased to announce the re-launch of online payments accepted for donations, memberships, and banquet tickets!

Security Notice: We take your donation and your personal information/payment card information seriously. We have taken all precautions to ensure that information is protected while in transit to and when processed through our secure payment partner, Stripe. We use TLS (Transport Layer Security) with strong encryption protocol and ciphers to ensure your information in encrypted using the most secure technology available. We do not store any of your payment card information on our server and Stripe follows all Payment Card Industry standards to ensure the protection of your payment and personal information. If you have questions about our online payment system, please contact us!

Audio Tour Now Available!

The last working audio guide Nextar Digital MP3 Player. You can't buy these anymore!
The last working audio guide Nextar Digital MP3 Player. You can’t buy these anymore!

We are pleased to have our Vice President, Jordon Lakoduk recover the professional recordings from our old assortment of audio guides. After going through many of the older MP3 players Jordon was able to find one that still had some life left in it and recover the recordings. Jordon has made the recordings available at the bottom of each of our Tour the Park pages. Most modern web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi) should be able to play the recordings. We plan to once again integrate these recordings into the park in the future and make them accessible to all visitors using some new technology. Please let us know on our Facebook Page if you find these audio guides helpful or have used them in a cool way. We appreciate your continued donations to the Scandinavian Heritage Association to keep our park in pristine condition and to continue making it better each season.

We plan to provide future access to our beautiful park through technological means in the upcoming year. Stay tuned and see you in the park in 2018!


The audio player is displayed with the play button on the left side, the progress bar in the center, and total play time on the right. The volume control is also adjustable on the right. Click the play button above to start your audio tour of the park!

Holiday Hours and Open House

The Scandinavian Heritage Office will be closed on Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. The Gift Shop will be open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Friday November 24, 2017.

The Scandinavian Heritage Assocation along with the Norsk Høstfest and Visit Minot will hold our annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday November 28, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Browse through the many Scandinavian products and gifts for this holiday season. The Open House is held at the Scandinavian Heritage Center at 1020 South Broadway in Minot, ND.

  • Join us for our annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Novembmer 28, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Scandinavian Heritage Center at 1020 South Broadway in Minot, ND.

Heritage Path Brick

Honor your loved ones with a Heritage Path Brick!sample brick

Heritage Path bricks will line the new sidewalk between the Scandinavian Heritage Park and the Heritage House Museum.  The engraved bricks will provide a way to honor or memorialize individuals or to publicly proclaim the donors  support of the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Lowe's Heritage Path

4″ X 8″ – 3 lines of print: $100 8″ X 8″ – 7 lines of print: $225

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