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Address: 523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
Phone Number: +1 563-382-9681
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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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I Think I'm Turning Norwegian; I really think so

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
mkoz112
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North Branford, Connecticut

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North Branford, Connecticut
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago 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 116 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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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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120 reviews
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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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

This was a well put together museum with variety. And the street it was on, Water Street, had a series of nicely done historic markers

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Ankeny, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Had to stop while on a motorcycle ride in NE Iowa. This is not a place for young children and teens would be bored. A lot of very beautiful pieces and history. You're on your own to walk thru.

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