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Address: 523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
Phone Number: 563-382-9681

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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Beautiful Artistry

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Linda B
Alexandria, Minnesota, United States

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Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Linda B
Boulder, Colorado
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109 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Bob B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Sarah Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank mhelmick2016
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The primary building is four levels of Americana dating back to the late 19th century. Originally a bible printing business for the Norwegian-American Church, the extended structure is home to exhibits which chronicle the life of early settlers a few days walk northwest from Chicago. Also included are boats which sailed the Atlantic and modern art either from Norse artists... More 

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Oxford, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The Vesterheim Museum was a true surprise. The museum has so many interesting exhibits - something that everyone of our three generation family could enjoy. The special exhibition of Lila Nelson's protest and traditional weavings were especially thought provoking. We were glad that we took the guided tour of the outside buildings. The guide's explanations and personal stories made the... More 

Thank Wayne B
Moscow, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

This museum along with historical outbuildings is a wonderful destination. There is a lot of history packed into this place and it isn't just about the way of life. The buildings teach architecture from different times and how it has evolved. The ships on display are very cool. All the varieties of craftsmanship from cooking, to the utensils to the... More 

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Brookneal, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

I have been a customer of the Vesterheim online store, and this review is about my experience there. I am only guessing by my experience that they process orders on paper and not electronically. There really is no other explanation for an order that was placed on November 18, 2015 not being fulfilled by August 2016. I understand things being... More 

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Vesterheim, Public Relations Manager at Vesterheim, responded to this review

Thank you for feedback that helps us improve! We are discovering difficulties with our online store computer servers that have been affecting our order and quantity records. We’re getting a better idea of the scope of the problem, and knowing about your experience on our site is helpful as we work to fix our system. Our computer difficulties, however, are... More 

Concord, North Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Just wonderful to visit this museum, over and over again! Something new every time I come. Last time I was here was 11 years ago. Brought my husband with me, he just loved all the amazing Norwegian items that he saw, especially the Civil War items.

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