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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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What a jewel!

Give yourself plenty of time. The special chi its were excellent. I learned so much about the Norwegian immigrant experience, had no idea they are the second largest group to come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
lovethebayarea
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Madison, Wi

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Madison, Wi
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55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Give yourself plenty of time. The special chi its were excellent. I learned so much about the Norwegian immigrant experience, had no idea they are the second largest group to come to America (after the Irish).

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Thank lovethebayarea
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was interesting to see the variety of pieces on display. We were in town visiting family and this was recommended. I'm glad I visited. $10 for single entry was worth it.

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Thank DerekDG
Decorah, Iowa
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145 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The VESTERHEIM museum in Decorah is awesome ! The museum has so many different things to look at be sure you take your time and not rush. Be sure to check out the outside buildings as well as they are very interesting,too! The museum also has touring exhibits.

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Thank jameslouie
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This concentration of artifacts and preservation of the Norwegian American immigrant experience is invaluable to understand the settlers experience on the prairies. Perfectly situated in Decorah, IA it brings to life the stories of 19th century immigration and the folk arts that accompany them. For a more in depth experience participate in one of the festivals or take a class... More 

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Thank MilwAleta
Crystal, Minnesota
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80 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Thank K H
United States
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

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!

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Thank CrossgarDown
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50 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

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Chicago, IL
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670 reviews
346 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 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.

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Thank Anna H
Austin, Texas
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148 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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.

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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.

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