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Vesterheim

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Address: 523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
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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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Not too big, not too small

My son goes to school in Decorah, so my first visit to the Vesterheim was out of a feeling of cultural obligation. Boy, was I surprised how much I enjoyed this museum! This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
KYW2013
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Owatonna, Minnesota

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son goes to school in Decorah, so my first visit to the Vesterheim was out of a feeling of cultural obligation. Boy, was I surprised how much I enjoyed this museum! This place is a gem. It is larger than it initially appears from the outside (There are boats in there! And a complete house!), yet it was not... More 

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Sturgeon Bay, United States
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

This is a treasure of Norwegian history and artifacts, including a ship, log cabin, pipe organs and many other unique displays of items. (They even have bottled Voss Water available for purchase!) The attached gift shop has alot of special Norwegian/Scandanavian items, including Dale of Norway sweaters. Overall a great place to see, plus I believe they still offer a... More 

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North Branford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Excellent staff accompanies a very cozy museum. Plenty of exhibits filled with wonderful artifacts and beautiful art. Plenty to see and read. The only downfall is that there is no historical timeline that shows the visitor the immigration trends of Norwegians to the United States/North America. More information on famous Norwegian-Americans would be beneficial. Either way, a great and informative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip. There was a lot to see. Kids enjoyed the rich heritage. We will go here again.

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Clarinda, Iowa
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Fantastic museum even for those of us who are not of Norwegian heritage. The staff is friendly and helpful, the museum store has interesting things. I love taking their classes. Recommend the museum and t he classes wholeheartedly.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This place has a lot of Norwegian history, but also give good picture of area's history. The amount and selection of carved furniture is worth the price. Be certain to have couple hours, more if you want tour. happy trails

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I must admit that I was reluctant to visit Vesterheim. After 2 1/2 hours, we had to get on the road and I was disappointed we couldn't stay longer.

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Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

If you're of Norwegian heredity this site has valuable insight into how our ancestors lived when first coming to America! I was amazed by a cabin built of one log! What a tree it must have been. If you love art this is also a wonderful visit. The artistry involved in such simple things as butter mold is impressive! I... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

If you're into things Norwegian, this place is for you. I grew up in Minnesota so am familiar with Norwegian stuff and there are some authentic and worthy exhibits on display. Of particular interest to me was the exhibition of weavings done by a woman from Minneapolis. I was awed by her skill and choices of subject and her later... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

This museum boasts about its collection of Norwegian heritage items, and for good reason. The collections are expansive, well preserved and provided a good glimpse of life as the Norwegians settled the area. They offer classes and have a nice, although rather expensive, gift shop. Worth the trip, particularly during the annual celebration, Nordic Fest.

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