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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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Denver, CO

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Denver, CO
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a small but very nice museum. It was my second visit so I'd seen it all before, but my wife's first visit and she very much enjoyed seeing all the displays.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Very interesting exhibits of Norwegian history both there and in America. The artwork was nice. Learned a lot about the settlers and really enjoyed the section with the civil war history of the immigrants.

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near Phila.
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133 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I found out that the Norwegians were the second largest immigrant group to the USA ( second only to the Irish ). An amazing collection of letters, costumes, and other memorabilia which documents the great wave of Norwegian immigration to the USA, primarily in the 1800's. Many of their descendants still live in the area, and they even had a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

That's right. We basically spent the entire day at the Vesterheim. The crazy thing is that I am ready to go back for more to catch the things that I inadvertently missed. One of the best museum experiences I have ever had. Definitely worth taking the tour. Dave is very knowledgeable and you can tell he is passionate about sharing... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was amazed by the extent of this museum...See it all.... my first time through I missed the top and bottom floors.... Ask at the desk how to see it all. So this place takes up several buildings on the block plus some small cabins behind the museum.... Many Scandinavian artifacts that brought back memories of growing up with my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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

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

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