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Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

502 W. Water St., Decorah, Iowa 52101 USA

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“admire the folk art”

With more than 24;000 artifacts and 16 historic buildings; this national treasure showcases historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts; and explores the America immigrant experience. Step inside to discover stories of courage and beauty. Find a cabin made from a single tree; a boat that sailed the Atlantic; elaborate costumes; colorful painting; silver wedding crowns. Named one of "10 Great Places in the Nation to Admire American Folk Art" by USA Today.

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July 06, 2014

Even if your ancestors didn't come from Norway, this nice little museum is well worth a couple hours if you happen to be in the area. First Thursdays of the month are free days. It's best if you can time your visit around the daily Open Air Tour (times vary, so call ahead). This gets you into the various buildings on the site (pioneer cabins, shops, an old mill, a church, etc.) that really let you see how the first settlers in this area lived.

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September 12, 2016
Rated 4.0

Decorah's Vesterheim Museum is a true gem! With lots of different exhibits and areas to explore, this local museum gives a wonderful look into Nordic traditions both past and present.

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June 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

As a former norwegian, I have to say this place is well worth the stop, very impressive collection and very educational.

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Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

502 W. Water St.
Decorah, Iowa
52101 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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