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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.
All reviews on display immigrant experience norwegian culture four floors nice museum gift shop outstanding museum united states highly recommend a visit outdoor exhibits beautiful artifacts extensive collection couple hours museum staff wood carvings two brothers historical items
I've done a lot of genealogical research into my Norwegian roots. The displays at the museum gave that research more life enabling me to visualize the life they led both in Norway and after immigrating to northern Iowa.
I especially enjoyed the tour of the...More
Lots to see and do! The exhibits are very interesting, even for one who in not of Norwegian descent! We especially enjoyed the outdoor exhibits. Our docent was very knowledgeable & engaging. Lots of interesting history.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Decorah. Good luck!