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Address: 523 W. Water Street, P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101
Phone Number: 563-382-9681
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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Charming Gem

This museum is a must see in a quiet and friendly little town. The artifacts and displays are incredibly and the staff is helpful and friendly. I would suggest going in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum is a must see in a quiet and friendly little town. The artifacts and displays are incredibly and the staff is helpful and friendly. I would suggest going in the summer time when the out buildings are open for viewing.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

On a weekend trip through northeastern Iowa in the fall (best leaf color in the Midwest), be sure after seeing the Bily Clock Museum in nearby Spillville to continue your cultural tour with a stop at Vesterheim. You do not need to be Norwegian to appreciate the art and craftsmanship of these settlers to the area in the 1800s. The... More 

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des moines
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited Decorah for a couple of days in October 2014. This town has so many attractions for a small town that we did not have time to get to the Vesterheim Museum. But we did visit the gift shop and explored the exterior of the several historic buildings on the grounds. They have been very well restored and are... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Great Norwegian museum. Four floors of the displays, plus an outdoor section that we did not brave on this trip because of the cold temperatures.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Most all our families have relatives who immigrated to the U.S. Some of those stories have survived and been passed along through successive generations. While concentrating on Norwegian immigrants, Vesterheim creates the overall picture of what it must have been like to leave home and family in the "old country" and embark on a rugged move to a new country... More 

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Mason City, Iowa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My husband and I both enjoyed our visit to the Vesterheim tremendously! The artifacts and displays of Norwegian history is so informative and so very well organized and displayed. The best part, however, has to be the tour that we went on - seeing the outside buildings, school, houses, and church. There are more buildings, but we ran out of... More 

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Decorah, Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a nice place to get a real feel for the Norwegian culture. There are several floors packed with more than you can imagine. Be sure to see the neat furniture in the basement along with the church set up! If you visit on the first Thursday of the month, it is free!

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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I plan to go back when I have more time. I rushed through due to being with a family group that with time constraints. There were several floors of artifacts - arts, tools, storage, household items, church items and a number of interesting exhibits. Extra thrilling for me was one civil war exhibit down stairs that focused on my husband's... More 

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Ionia, Iowa, United States
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Interesting that items from this museum where inspiration for the movie Frozen. Great place highly recommend.

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Coralville, Iowa
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This museum has a lot of interesting Norwegian artifacts and information. I liked that it felt like an older museum I remember from my youth, with musty (in a nice way) aromas, dim lighting and creaky wooden floors, yet it also had modern gallery areas that were bright and fresh. Loved the actual boat on display that a couple of... More 

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