The cultural center run by American-Scandinavian Foundation is known as much for its restaurant as it is for its gallery space and independent film theater. Overlooking Park Avenue, the sleek, modern building devotes seven floors to the sharing of contemporary Nordic culture with New York City and the rest of the country. From concerts to screenings, to impressive exhibitions, there is always something entertaining and educational going on at the "Scanhouse".

What You Will See

Watch the calendar for screenings of brooding Nordic films or concerts by visiting Danes, Swedes, Finns, Icelanders, or Norwegians. Or stop by the free gallery space to enjoy the state of contemporary art from the Nordic countries. While most exhibitions focus on young, contemporary artists, occasionally the house hosts retrospectives of legendary Nordic artists like Munch or Hammershoi. Regardless of the topic, exhibitions are thoughtful and engaging and well worth a visit.

Why You Should Go

The menu for cultural centers in New York is long and varied. The Scandinavia house, just a few streets from Grand Central, is distinctive not just for the convenience of its location, or the endless popularity of its restaurant. The small countries of the frozen north continue to export creative output far larger than its combined population would suggest, and the Scandinavia house is by far the best place south of the Arctic circle to enjoy it.

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