Reviews of Vesterheim The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center (Tourist Attraction)

520 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101, United States

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REVIEWS OF Vesterheim The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center IN Iowa

Troy Stearns

Teresa Rogers

Wonderful indoor exhibits which even our three teens enjoyed. Interesting outdoor buildings with knowledgeable tour guides. Tempting gift shop. Can't wait to visit again!


Great collection!

Andy Blegen

Lee Hunt

Great Museum, love the outdoor exhibits.

Steve Wilke

What a wonderful place with such great exhibits and information.

Nick Chill

A nice place if you're interested in learning the Nordic history of the area. Many programs available for families and children.

Eric Andersen

Scott Hughart

Great history lesson.

Monica Groth

A must see when you are in the area

Katie Boudreau

An amazing display of artifacts from Norwegian immigrants.

Karen Hanson

Beautiful exhibits!



Jasmina Tomic

Catherine Belles

Surprised to find this interesting site. Decorah really appreciates their Norwegian heritage and this museum and related artifacts make quite an impact

Jerry Johnson

Amazing place, definitely recommend visiting here if you are in Decorah!

Muriel Stadstad

Sandra Thompson

Beautiful Norwegian museum. Three floors of wonderful rosemaling and carved pieces plus more. Thankfully, they do have an elevator. A must see if you are in the area.

erik gordon

Steve Bski

Well this is a very good Scandinavian museum in the small town of Decorah. Quite a lot of American/Scand heritage items. I liked the top floor and the basement the best. Trunks and furniture items in the basement were very interesting.

Melanie Bolson

Fun place to look around, I especially love all of the workshops/classes provided.

Randy Dejmal

Riley Samuelson

J Robinson

First Time to Dechora and the Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center. 09/01/2018. I loved it. Totally worth the $10.00 to gain admission. Exhibits are thoughtfuly laid out and well curated. I love the 17th and 18th century artifacts. Norwegians love to carve and paint wood. FUN.

Amanda Burns

This is a really nice museum. They had a lot of artifacts to look at.

Ken D

Jean Solberg

Hanna F

Ty Conz

C. Brill

Outstanding museum

Claire Kruesel

Darian Hybl

Am awesome connection to the movie Frozen! Love the connections! Will be back again!!!

Scott Beyer

We want to go back!

Charles Leohr

Jerry Saude

First time attending the nordicfest and visiting vesterheim. Great! We'll be back.

Elise Nelson

I find it a great educational place to learn about immigration, early pioneer life and the folk crafts they brought with them. You can take fantastic classes there from people whose craft you would like to learn. For example, there are weaving, rosemaling, wood carving, chip carving, and knife making to name a few.

Dianne Peterson

Interesting, educational, people were nice

Daniel Bellrichard

I love the ship

Donna Lamphier

Torstein Granskogen

S McKay

Eric Yarwood

Brian Olson

A very nice selection of Norse and Scandinavian gifts. Very friendly staff too.

Hannah Babiak

J Girl

We enjoyed it.

Carlie Mason

An educational place where you can learn many things about the culture of the city, the truth is that highly recommend it.

John Schalow

Tells the story of Norwegian immigration to the Midwest through artifacts and artworks. Plenty to interest everyone including crafts, needlework, woodworking, wartime exploits and spiritual life.

Amanda Diller

Michael Seiler

benn dunnington

Beth Larson

Great museum. Wonderful folk- Art School.


Donna Haler

Love it

Sarah Krammen

Becky Meyer

I'm not a huge museum fan but was blown away by this one. It is so well organized, the displays exceptionally well done and overall it was very engaging. There's an entire log cabin in here, and a handmade boat that crossed the Atlantic. The whole museum is well worth a visit and the people there and at the museum store we're very friendly. Also loved the art gallery part.

Angle On The Bow

exceptional...go there!

Janet Freyberg

Sue Edison-Swift

Isaac Warner

A fabulous museum for anyone, not just Norwegian-Americans. With the indoor museum, the outdoor village, and the education center, the Vesterheim has it all. As a Norwegian-American, I learned quite a bit about my family's history and what it must have been like to immigrate to America.

JIm Lompe

Great museum. Wonderful place to explore Norwegian heritage.

Tuesday Peek

Maria Cantorum

Complete, interesting, loved the exposition, really wonderful.

Julie Stevens

Wonderful history of Norwegian Immigration and exhibits. #Lars Fletre

Karla Erdman

Karen Stout

Wonderful collection that is largely the result of donations to preserve Norwegian heritage. Many activities and crafts are available. Decorah is pleasant, lots of local restaurants.

joel huebner

Great Place

Thomas Specht

7 Wonderz

I hate museums but I liked this one

K Fisher

Jeffrey Brooks

Very well done and great staff

Wiley Runnestrand

Kent Runge

A very wonderful and educational place to visit, I found especially interesting the small sailing craft used by two young brothers to sail from Norway to the states.

Jill Burgchardt

Interesting items, fun to see.

Joe Hackbarth

Great museum. So much history!

Eric Oakley

Amy Berry

Aaron Wagner

(Translated by Google) Cool museum. Very cozy. (Original) Cool museum. Very koselig.

Heather Hicks


Wonderful collection and lots of great information but was disappointed to find the only way you can see the inside of the open air buildings is to take the tour at 130 PM. This is the only time the tour was offered (but did not see this in print until after getting there). Unable to stay for the afternoon tour so feel like I did not get my money's worth.

Chele Campbell


Kjell Karlsson

Very good museum.

Craig Hovda

Gregory Bolstad

Peter Hoettels

Julia Davis

A great museum! I really enjoyed the exhibitions. They have an awesome collection of carved wood and rosemaled items.

Kelly Jo Marx

Ellen Norman

Liked learning some Danish history


charliee........chaaaalllliieeeee... the best museum in Decorah. Foe Shoe

Nikolay Suvorov

Best Norwegian museum and United States!


Lori Kooker

Brett Rosedale

Alex Kalb

Adrian Roybal

One of those hidden gens.

Leanna Curry Larson

Great place to learn about Norwegian culture and history. Staff were informative and very courteous.

Judy Wellert

Wonderful photography exhibit!

Bobby Ricketts

Shari Lauer

Kelli Holm

Judi Jetson

Tremendous collection, beautifully displayed. Whether you're Norwegian or simply appreciate fine textiles, make sure to stop and enjoy.

Sarah Linder

A delightful museum. Small enough that you can feel you've seen most of it in one trip (but you won't have seen it all!).

Holly Ludeman

Website said they were open. Waited to open for 30 minutes . Never opened even though we saw people inside. Waved and they ignored up. Looked neat, but mad at this service.

Alan Bakken

Paul West

Alex Goodenow

Ronald Enno

Dennis Johnson

Great norwegian-american displays and museum store.

Tom Peets

Shirley E. Chipman

Corey Rowin

Tour was best part

sagen williams

Tyler Blomberg

Caileena Lind

Olive D. North

Well worth a detour to visit.

Adam Kobler

A warm celebration of the Norwegian culture! Loved the atmosphere and concise descriptions of the pieces. Wide range of artifacts from all over.

Conrad Eggan

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