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Address: 523 W. Water Street, P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101
Phone Number: 563-382-9681
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Description: Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim...
Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world and is a national center for folk-art classes.
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Outstanding museum dedicated to immigrants

Vesterheim is a very well done museum, dedicated to the Norwegians that immigrated to the United States. There are some outstanding exhibits, that include authentic bunads... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Vesterheim is a very well done museum, dedicated to the Norwegians that immigrated to the United States. There are some outstanding exhibits, that include authentic bunads (formal dress of Norwegians), original houses, and even a ship that was used to cross the ocean.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The collections of artifacts, and even homes, lend real insight into the lives of Norwegian immigrants. The staff and docents add good information. The hardships endured by the early settlers give a new perspective on our lives today. My visit was in June of 2012. (The date options required in the review form only go back one year.)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

What courage our ancestors had and how privileged we are to enjoy our America, made possible through their immigration to a New World. You will understand to some extent more about the Norwegian journey to their new land when you visit the ship yard and travel back in time to early settlements. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Norwegian or not -- this is a fabulous museum! My husband and I went here with friends because we were intrigued after reading a book that centers around Vesterheim as a setting. None of us are Norwegian but thoroughly enjoyed seeing the artifacts and learning about the culture. Thanks to all those at the museum, gift shop, and on the... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It was so fun to a cool part of history! My husband loved the boat on exhibit and I loved the detail of the furniture and clothing. I have read some historical fiction about this area and it was fun to connect what I have read to real items of history.

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Centralia, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Our rv road trip was seeking Norwegian immigration and heritage sites in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Our visit to Vesterheim was one of the most amazing surprises. The collection of Norwegian artifacts would make any museum envious; what a delight to find it in Decorah, Iowa. All I'll say is that this is a must visit for anyone with interest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The story of Norwegian immigration is second only to that of the irish. If you have Scandinavian roots, you will want to visit Decorah, Iowa and see the Vesterheim Museum. Luther College is located in the same town and has a beautiful campus. There is camping nearby with hook-ups. In July every year is the folk festival which draws people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A great way to spend a day. Very interesting and well assembled. Really shows what our ancestors went through coming to a strange land and being very successful.

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

With my Norwegian heritage, this trip was golden. There were so many wonderful artifacts and historical documentaries of migrations from Norway to the US in the 1800's. We also did the guided tour and it was extremely worth while.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

It's a three story museum with elevator access, wheelchairs are available upon request. So many artifacts, if you're a Norwegian you will appreciate the many exhibits on display. I think it's a must see for everyone. There is a guided tour of the out buildings, such as the church, school, mill, etc.

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Address: 523 W. Water Street, P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101
Phone Number: 563-382-9681
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah

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