Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
502 W. Water Street
PO Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101
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Hours of OperationOpen all year. May through October from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and November through April from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
With 33,000 artifacts and an Open Air Division of 12 historic buildings, this national treasure uses the Norwegian-American experience as a lens to explore the diversity of an immigrant nation.
Step inside to discover stories of courage and beauty. You’ll find a cabin made from a single tree, a boat that sailed the Atlantic Ocean, elaborate costumes, colorful painting, silver wedding crowns, woven tapestries, and even intricately carved butter molds.
The lives of the people who settled our nation where often as colorful as their folk art and their stories speak through the objects they left behind. Come and see what they have to say.
USA Today named Vesterheim one of “ten great places in the nation to admire American folk art.”
Vesterheim also preserves living traditions through classes in Norwegian culture and folk art, events, tours to Norway, and educational programs for children and adults.
Preserving a heritage. Connecting us all.