Located in Decorah, Iowa Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum embodies the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Sharing this cultural legacy can inspire people of all backgrounds to celebrate tradition.
There are 16 historic buildings in its main complex, which occupies most of a square block in downtown Decorah, Iowa, and two National Register sites just outside the city. Vesterheim houses over 24,000 artifacts, which include large samplings from the fine, decorative, and folk arts, and the tools and machinery of early agriculture, lumbering, and other immigrant industries.
Just as Norwegian immigration to America began to peak in 1877, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Norwegian Americans began collecting and preserving objects documenting their chapter of the immigrant story, making them pioneers in the preservation of cultural diversity in America.
Location: 523 W. Water St., Decorah, Iowa
Phone: (563) 382-9681
Hours and Costs: May 1—October 31 (Includes tours of Open Air Division)
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; Ages 7-18, $3
November 1—April 30
Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adults, $4; Ages 7-18, $2
The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter.