Scandinavian Cultural Center

Scandinavian Cultural Center

What is the SCC?

Located at 12180 South Park Avenue in Tacoma, the Scandinavian Cultural Center is a 6,700 square foot facility housed on the first floor of the University Center at Pacific Lutheran University. Completed in May 1989, the Center features a great hall, three exhibit galleries, and a demonstration kitchen. A 25-foot-high, custom-carved Viking ship prow serves as a dramatic visual statement, welcoming guests to the Center.

The Cultural Center offers everyone, not just those of Scandinavian descent, a rich, broad and changing portrait of a living culture other than our own. The Center is a library, an art gallery, a lecture hall, a banquet room, a performance arena, a museum, a classroom, and a recital hall.

Upcoming Exhibition!
Norwegian Modern Art Exhibition Flag 3The Scandinavian Cultural Center is excited to be hosting the U.S. premier of "1814-2014, Red White and Blue: Norwegian Constitution, American Inspiration." This exhibition, featuring over 30 modern art works specially commissioned for the 200 year anniversary of Norway's constitution, will be on display August 24th until September 28th.

What Happens at the SCC?


Cultural exhibits representing the Nordic countries appear throughout the year. They represent the art as well as the natural and social history of Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans. The facility is open to members of the Center, the PLU community, school groups, Scandinavian organizations, and visitors from around the world.


Year-round programming in the multi-use Cultural Center includes musical concerts, lectures, films, language instruction, educational programs for school groups, and countless classes in Scandinavian folk art and Nordic cuisine.

Annual Events

Several events have become annual traditions at the Scandinavian Cultural Center--Swedish Sankta Lucia Fest, Norwegian Julegudsjeneste (Christmas Service),Nordic Christmas Fest (an elegant holiday banquet), and the Norwegian Heritage Festival, just to name a few. In addition to serving the campus community, the Center is made available to Nordic organizations for banquets, meetings, and events.