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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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Actually rather interesting

Much of the contents of this Norwegian museum is applicable to many of the immigrants to America. Leaving friends, family, and a familiar country, they packed their trunks which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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547 reviews 547 reviews
381 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Much of the contents of this Norwegian museum is applicable to many of the immigrants to America. Leaving friends, family, and a familiar country, they packed their trunks which are on display. With their clothes on display. Lines that are on display. Toys that are on display. And came to a new country where they made more of the same... More 

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Maplewood, MN
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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I've been to Decorah many times over the years but never visited the Vesterheim until this trip thinking it would be primarily of interest to those of Scandinavian decent and I don't even like lefse! JoAn did a wonderful providing an introduction to the museum and its history and made a recommendation as to how I should proceed with my... More 

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Wisconsin
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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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121 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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6 attraction reviews
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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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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