Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

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523 W. Water St., Decorah, IA

Vesterheim is the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, with over 33,000 artifacts and a Heritage Park of 12 historic buildings. This treasure showcases an extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts.

Vesterheim’s exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. Vesterheim was named one of “15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S.” by the world-respected travel guide, Fodor’s, and USA Today named Vesterheim one of “ten great places in the nation to admire American folk art.”

But you don’t have to be Norwegian-American to enjoy all the beauty and wonder Vesterheim has to offer. We invite you to explore the ongoing saga of all immigrants to the United States. In our differences we discover our similarities. Vesterheim welcomes you and encourages you to enjoy the objects and exhibitions through your own lens, your own story.