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Vesterheim

523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
+1 563-382-9681
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Beautiful museum

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and size of this museum. Lots of interesting and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
AndiJordyn
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Highly relevant whether you're Norwegian or not

This is a thoughtfully-presented museum with four floors of exhibits dedicated to telling the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ruby F
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
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523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and size of this museum. Lots of interesting and beautiful artifacts and information about Norwegian immigrants to America. There are daily tours of the buildings, which I recommend.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a thoughtfully-presented museum with four floors of exhibits dedicated to telling the Norwegian immigrant story. Whether your ancestors came from Norway, or somewhere else, this museum is relatable. The Norwegian house and the ship are two attractions that will make an impact on...More

Thank Ruby F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous museum, great displays, informative staff. I learned a lot about Scandinavian immigrants and immigration in general. And Decorah is an interesting little town. Good food at Ruby’s. NE Iowa is surprisingly lovely in the summer.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a Norwegian and even if your not this is the place to go. Very good displays with just the right amount of the story to read.

Thank Thomas T
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

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

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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

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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!

Thank cruiserinc
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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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Laur B
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Response from Chuck G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, see earlier answer for good advice!
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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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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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