Decorah, Iowa: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

33,000 artifacts in 12 buildings. The most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world -- saved by Norwegian-Iowa farmers who never threw anything away.
520 W. Water St., Decorah, IA
North end of downtown, on the north side of W. Water St. between N. Mill and N. Mechanic Sts.
Summer daily 9-5; winter 10-4 (Call to verify)
Adults $10.
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Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

A complex of 16 buildings, Vesterheim is the country's largest museum dedicated to one single ethnic immigrant group. Like lefse, lutefisk, and rosemaling? Come to Decorah to find out! Beautiful town; wonderful collection of antique folk art.

[Dino Maniaci, 05/22/2004]

Decorah is also the site of the Nordic Fest -- last weekend in July, every year since 1966. Troll walks, hooked rug exhibits, silly hats....

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