Park and Building Hours 2021

The Scandinavian Heritage Park Grounds are open daily dawn to dusk. Summer Gift Shop hours are Monday – Wednesday 9 AM – 5 PM, Thursday -Friday 9 AM-6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2:30 PM and Sunday closed. SHA Park Building Summer Hours – (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day weekend. ) Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Park buildings are open when volunteers are able to be present. Our buildings are not heated, so our hours are only seasonal. Group tours by appointment, please call our office at 701-852-9161 for more information.

Board Updates – March 2021

A few updates from the Scandinavian Heritage Association Board:

  • The SHA Annual Meeting was pushed from it’s normal date in January and held Saturday February 27th, 2021. Election of Officers and New Board Members were accomplished!
  • Exciting plans are underway for the SHA 2021 Mid-Summer Night Celebration to be held over TWO DAYS now –  June 18 and 19th! Please visit our Facebook page for continued developments and updates!
  • The Official 2021 SHA Park Season is scheduled to begin May 17th. On-going information will be posted on our Facebook page as we near opening day.

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

Park Building Hours During Norsk Høstfest 2019

The Scandinavian Heritage park buildings will be open daily September 22-29 from 9 AM to 5 PM the week of  Norsk Høstfest in Minot to accommodate the many visitors we have from around the world. A special welcome to all visitors who visit for the 2019 Norsk Høstfest!

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!