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Address: 523 W. Water Street, 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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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SoCal
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

On a recent visit to Decorah I spent a pleasant hour poking around the Vesterheim Museum. I wasn't terribly interested in reading all the details about the various aspects of immigrant Norwegian life in the US, but I did love just seeing the beautiful artifacts. The wood carving and fiber arts are particularly good.

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Clarinda, Iowa
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Terrific museum with many varied and interesting artifacts -- even for those of us who do not have Norwegian heritage. The staff is helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What a welcoming place, starting with a Viking inspired docent greeting us as we entered. After signing up for several fun raffle opportunities with proceeds going to the museum, we meandered through historical renditions of Norwegian immigrant lives through their rooms in home. Spectacular period crafts were shown throughout and we were fortunate to hear, learn and speak with reenactors... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was actually a surprising little place to visit. We were stranded in Decorah for the day due to motorcycle problems and thought we would pass the time of day by visiting this establishment. The history and culture of the Norwegian imigrants was displayed quite well.

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northbrook, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

interesting and well done norwegian museum three floors of great exhibits they always have special exhibits and have a nice museum gift shop if you are nerwegian you must see it

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Stavanger
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Vesterheim presents a good summary of the history of Norwegian immigrants to the US. For me as a Norwegian the museum clarified a lot of issues that seems to be long forgotten in the Norwegian school system. There are a lot of displayed artefacts, specifically the basement area have many items from daily life and also sports a nice homage... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very interesting. We were very interested in the religious displays. We enjoyed our visit so much that we decided to become members. Have plans to revisit on a regular basis. Great gift shop. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went there several times over Nordic Fest. Exciting weekend in Decorah, but a plethora of information any time. Love the store. Fun, unique and interesting items to buy! I bought way too much stuff!

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My elementary aged kids loved seeing the boat that two brothers sailed from Norway to America on, we were able to walk up stairs and see it from another angle too. There was also a competition for current crafters so they loved being able to vote for their favorite (a huge, wood carved fish.) I found myself glad I didn't... More 

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