Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County – Hjemkomst Center

Home of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church, Clay County artifacts and archives, local cultural festivals and local, regional, and national traveling exhibits. HJEMKOMST VIKING SHIP See how one man's dream became a reality. Robert Asp of Moorhead dreamed of building a replica Viking Ship and sailing it to Norway, the land of his ancestors. Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicles the construction of the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship Hjemkomst and its incredible 6,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic in 1982. HOPPERSTAD STAVE CHURCH "Stavkirke" is Norwegian for "Stave Church," a church built using long log columns as central supports. The Stave Church, in Viking Ship Park, is a quintessential labor of love. It was the dream of Guy Paulson of Fargo, who, with his wife, Beva, and sister, DeMaris Mathison of Spearfish, South Dakota, paid for the bulk of the church construction, a gift to the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center and the City of Moorhead. The church is a replica of the Stavkirke in Vik, Norway, which dates from the late 1100's. The church replica is used for weddings, cultural and educational events, as well as guided tours offered by the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County.


  • Meeting Facilities Available
  • Admission Prices -
    Adults: $10
    Seniors: $9
    College Students: $9
    Youth (Ages 5-17): $8
    Children (Age 4 & under): Free
  • Days of Operation -
    The Hopperstad Stave Church is closed January 1-March 31
  • Meeting Facilities Available

The Hjemkomst Center is available to rent for a wide variety of events. The Hjemkomst Center has a variety of rooms available for business meetings and corporate gatherings. We offer:
•A wide range of audio visual equipment
•Flexible catering options
•Bar Service

Available Meeting Spaces

Auditorium & Oak

  • Size: 3,750 sq. ft.
  • Reception Capacity: 160
  • Banquet Capacity: 150

The Auditorium

  • Size: 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Reception Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 112


  • Size: 1,250 sq. ft.
  • Reception Capacity: 55
  • Classroom Capacity: 32
  • Banquet Capacity: 48


  • Size: 1,250 sq. ft.
  • Reception Capacity: 55
  • Classroom Capacity: 32
  • Banquet Capacity: 48

Elm Boardroom

  • Banquet Capacity: 16

Stave Church

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Mallari Ackerman

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