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You don't need to be Norwegian to appreciate it

Immigration history, stories of individuals, and artifacts galore that would be interesting in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nice Local Museum

Four stories of well organized artifacts ... loved that one area was open three stories to really... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephanie S
Cedar Rapids, 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.
523 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1733
+1 563-382-9681
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Immigration history, stories of individuals, and artifacts galore that would be interesting in themselves, even without the context provided by the museum. A casual visitor will find 2 hours go by very quickly here, but I could understand someone with specific Norwegian-American history interest spending...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four stories of well organized artifacts ... loved that one area was open three stories to really allow you to get the scope of the boats ... and that you could view them from above. We learned several things and enjoyed wandering through each floor....More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well done museum and store. We were there during Decorah's Nordic Fest and was special. All the outdoor exhibits and buildings were open with volunteers in period costumes. Beyond the normal Norwegian/Scandinavian souvenirs, they have a great collection of pieces by their members (wood...More

Thank 2-Lane-Traveler
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We did not visit the museum on this occasion, and we were not in town for any of the classes offered, but we did visit the store. Valuing all things Norsk, we found many things to our liking.

Thank Paulandjean
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We were quite pleasantly surprised by this museum. The displays were beautifully done and very interesting. This was so much more extensive than we had imagined, and spent about an hour on each floor. We had a wonderful tour of the outdoor buildings, guided by...More

Thank AAFlyerRet
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

It's quite intresting how my anchestors managed to get through all this. If you're intrested in the Norwegian immigrants and their history, you should totally stop by. It might be a little boring for kids, but there are small stations and tasks they can do...More

2  Thank Ina S
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Museum has three floors of unique exhibits showing the impact of immigration from Norway to the local area. Really interesting to learn a great deal about what people experienced to move to the U.S. and their reasons to make such a courageous decision. Very much...More

Thank WhitelawK
Reviewed 18 July 2018 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.

1  Thank AndiJordyn
Reviewed 9 July 2018

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
Reviewed 30 June 2018 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.

Thank sweltwoman
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Laur B
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Response from Chuck G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, see earlier answer for good advice!
Angie S
12 September 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.
21 February 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