Anders Beer Wilse photography exhibit on at Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum

Photo courtesy of MOHAI / Nordic Heritage Museum
Anders Wilse and camera in Lake Washington. Seattle, WA – ca. 1900.

Special Release
Nordic Heritage Museum

People, Places, Changing Lands: The Photography of Anders Beer Wilse
runs through February 26 at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Anders Beer Wilse (1865-1949) was a Norwegian engineer and self-taught photographer who lived in Seattle from 1892-1900. His photographs document this period of extreme growth and change in Seattle’s history, including Seattle’s role in the Alaskan Gold Rush of 1896-1899.

Photo courtesy of MOHAI / Nordic Heritage Museum
Unveiling the totem pole at Pioneer Square. Seattle, WA – October 18, 1899.

This exhibition includes over 60 images from the Nordic Heritage Museum’s archive of Wilse photographs and the collections of five partner organizations. The photographs illustrate people, lands, public works, urban environments, and landscapes spanning Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and Norway.

Exhibition partners include: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI); University of Washington Libraries; Ballard Historical Society; Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo, Norway; and Norsk Teknisk Museum, Oslo, Norway.

Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. For more info, visit

This article appeared in the Jan. 13, 2017, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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