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Address: 523 W. Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
Phone Number: 563-382-9681
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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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Wow, how impressive!

From wood carvings to weaving to a real sailing shop, this museum is a treasure trove of all things Norwegian! And, out back there are authentic cabins, a church and even an old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
United States

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Crystal, Minnesota
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76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This is my second time at the museum. Inside touring took 1hour. Returned later for the outside out building tour. Liked the out buildings tour most. $10 fee. Luther students free.

Thank K H
United States
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

From wood carvings to weaving to a real sailing shop, this museum is a treasure trove of all things Norwegian! And, out back there are authentic cabins, a church and even an old mill. Well worth the drive to this small town in Northeast Iowa!

Thank CrossgarDown
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43 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I'm a sucker for learning anything and everything about European American culture and this museum sheds more light on the little history I knew about Norwegian culture. Iowa is a state housing some of the most unique and interesting of these types of museums and Vesterheim is no different. There are 3 floors and a basement with many interesting exhibits... More 

Thank SimpsonTide985
Chicago, IL
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670 reviews
346 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This collection of Norwegian-American items was surprisingly interesting. There are a few floors of artifacts on display, including a recreation of a settler cabin. Handworks are featured prominently, and there is an introduction to the foodstuff available for the emigrants. The sweater display was beautiful, with intriguing patterns and styles on display. A neat stop in Decorah Iowa.

Thank Anna H
Austin, Texas
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148 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We find ourselves here when we visit Decorah. It is such a pleasant space and always something interesting to see. This time it was sweaters and "chip" carvings. It is not crowded and the staff is friendly so it is a pleasure to keep going back.

Thank JennyPlesums
Hastings, Minnesota
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We make sure that we visit Decorah at least once a year to see the new and old exhibits. We have a life membership. You don't have to be Norwegian to appreciate this museum.

Thank Eileen R
Oslo, Norway
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

....this is a museum that gives you many persectives. They have a unike collection of many objects by which to illustrate the immigrants early lives and inselltling in a new country but retaining the traditions, culture and fasions from their Norwegian ancestry. This shows in the beautiful furniture and folk costumes. In the ship they even have little food samples... More 

Thank 650KarinB
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64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My Wife & I had been here many years ago. We enjoyed it then and enoyed it this time as well. Also, we were able to get a guided tour of the buildings outside of the main museum. We had a very knowledgable tour guide. Vesterheim, of course, is especially impressive for those who are interested in their Norwegian heritage... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

As a Norwegian-American I was fascinated while going through this museum that highlights the settler life in the midwest region, specifically from the Norwegian's point of view and a few references to our Scandinavian brothers. This museum also shows what life was like in Norway at this time, teaches about the cultural arts, and showcases more modern and recent Scandinavian... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visited the Vesterheim museum when we stayed in Decorah Iowa. It is a really nice museum. We enjoyed the actual sized rooms that would have been like what the people would have lived in. Very nicely done and would probably go back again.

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