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Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

  • 520 West Water Street Decorah, Iowa 52101
  • 563-382-9681
  • Website
  • Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, located in Deborah, was named one of 15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S. by the world-respected travel guide, Fodor’s.

The Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with more than 30,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and library + archives. The 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.”

The collection began in 1877 at Luther College with Norwegian Americans collecting and preserving objects, documenting their chapters of the immigrant story, and ultimately paving the way for the preservation of cultural diversity in America.