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Vesterheim

523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
+1 563-382-9681
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If you're Norwegian, a must.

Extensive collection of Norwegian artifacts and displays. Very interesting. Handicap accessible as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
angelinaLaGrange_IL
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LaGrange, IL
Beautiful Museum

This is a must see if you are Norwegian! Very beautiful and so many interesting things to see. It... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2018
Laur B
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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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  • Average3%
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523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extensive collection of Norwegian artifacts and displays. Very interesting. Handicap accessible as I needed a wheel chair that day due to knee injury and one was provided. Don't miss the museum store with lots of authentic imports and interesting goods

Thank angelinaLaGrange_IL
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

This is a must see if you are Norwegian! Very beautiful and so many interesting things to see. It was too cold to see the outside building so I would recommend coming in the warmer part of year.

Thank Laur B
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Spent a fine morning at the museum. Well done. A window into the immigrant experience. A good insight into what current immigrants are experiencing in this country and more given the current state of “America first.” We took our time. Did the entire place to...More

Thank duluthmystery
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Very interesting museum. We learned so much about the history of the Norwegians who came to this country. There was an amazing amount of Norwegian historical items. The staff was so helpful. Well worth the trip!

Thank Connie R
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

If you're Norwegian,you've got to visit "Vesterheim". It encompasses all things Norwegian. Lots to see, both indoors and out. They even have classes you can sign up for. Well worth the time & admission!

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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

Holding an outstanding collection of Norwegian artifacts from the earliest days of settlement in the mid 1800's, it fully shows the lifestyle of the immigrants and how their taste in furnishings and life style progressed from generation to generation. In their addition are boats, one...More

Thank JHAllen
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Reviewed December 2, 2017

Wonderful museum. We visited during their Christmas celebration, and it was lovely. The museum collections are terrific--I got to see some beautiful examples of textile arts, my husband got to look at a lot of woodworking, and there were so many artifacts that really captured...More

Thank Marla106
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Reviewed December 2, 2017

As somebody who is partially of Norwegian descent this was a very interesting museum to go to. Seeing some of the boats they came over on and living conditions in early America was very interesting.

Thank Dustin S
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Always make a stop at this museum when there are visitors in town, and we have never been disappointed. Visitors are always impressed with the professional display or the wide variety of Norwegian artifacts. The Norwegian-American immigration experience exhibits are especially well constructed.

Thank Richard L
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

We’re neither Norwegian nor American but we do come from a place where the Vikings first landed in North America and are interested in Norse history. This museum gave us a greater understanding of the Norwegian-American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries. Thouroughly enjoyed...More

Thank 345gary
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Laur B
March 14, 2018|
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Response from Chuck G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, see earlier answer for good advice!
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Angie S
September 11, 2017|
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Response from Conejogrande | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the museum is very accessible. My partner is mobility impaired and uses a scooter, and we did not have any problems.
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February 21, 2017|
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Response from Vesterheim | Property representative |
Vesterheim's Museum Store has books about Swedish weaving that might include some patterns, but we don't sell Swedish weaving patterns alone. We also do not carry Monks cloth. You could try contacting Blue Heron Knitttery in... More
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