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Vesterheim

523 W. Water Street, P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101
563-382-9681
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Decorah
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum shares the most comprehensive collection of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Decorah, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in Norwegian American history, this is the most complete collection of artifacts and information in the world. It's notable because thousands of visitors have traveled from all over the world to see the fantastic collections and information

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Decorah, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This museum holds many artifacts from Norwegian-American settlers in the area. They hold classes throughout the year on Norwegian handicrafts including baking ,carving, weaving, rosemaling, Hardanger embroidery and more. They have an outdoor Part of the museum also. There is also a wonderful museum store where many scandinavian imports may be purchased including the beautiful sweaters. During Nordic Fest ,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our brief visit to the Vesterheim probably doesn't do it justice and given a choice of other things to do in downtown Decorah, IA I would probably visit again. The Museum is filled with interesting artifacts of both old Norway and from the immigrant story of Norweigens here in the midwestern United States. However the displays don't do much to... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is the premier Norwegian-American museum in the United States, and my wife and I find something new and interesting with each stop we make. Plan to spend several hours there, even more in pleasant weather when you can take in multiple buildings. On our recent visit, we only had time to stop in the museum store, and that was... More

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Galena IL
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I'll be the first to admit I knew little about the Norwegian history of the area. Now I know a good deal more, as well as how this area is a bastion of Lutheranism (Luther College is in town). A very nice 3 floor museum including a large display of a small boat that crossed the Atlantic. Displays are well... More

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Michigan
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112 reviews 112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had visited Seed Savers and decided to head over to Vesterheim. This is a really nice museum with a wide variety of displays. If in the area, I would recommend stopping.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Most small towns in America have a nice local museum. But step into Vesterheim and you know you are in for a great experience. World class exhibits, jump out at every turn. As you travel with the immigrants who settled our country you can feel their struggle. This museum is a must see for anyone interested in the history of... More

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Stavanger
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122 reviews 122 reviews
39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I think the four floors of Norwegian history is quite nice. They have the history; why people moved to the US, their difficult choices, their travel, and so on. One of the floors looked like being under reconstruction and lacked some pieces of information. The woman in the reception was not helpful at all, and really met stone cold. Overall,... More

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Ames, Iowa, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My wife, daughter and I visited the large and attractive museum. The indoor exhibits are located on four floors inside a former hotel about 100 years old. Altogether there are 12 buildings to tour as part of the admission. The largest building is an old mill. We all enjoyed our visit and thought it was worthwhile.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Treat yourself and spend some time at Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum. I thought I'd be able to see it in a couple of hours and wound up spending most of the day. The exhibits are very well done and touring the buildings on the grounds is very interesting. At the old church that has been moved to the grounds a member... More

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