A Visit To Norway In Decorah, Iowa

Decorah, Iowa is home to the Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center. Are you Norwegian? If so, this is a must visit. If you are not Norwegian? You need to visit, as you will appreciate a Norwegian, unlike you ever have before.

museum entrance

If you live in the midwest like I do, chances are you know several Norwegians. I have a lot of Norwegian in me, and people can often tell by my accent. If you have heard me speak, do you think I have that Norwegian accent? I personally don’t think I do, but you all know how that goes.

Ship at Vesterheim

Looking down and standing next to a wooden ship was quite breath taking. I had a hard time fathoming how someone would sail miles and miles for days on end, in a wooden boat. Many folks that came to the United States, arrived in ships like this. A visit to this museum made me appreciate my great grandparents and all they had to go through to arrive in this country.

Early Norwegians are known to have loved their butter and sugar, because it’s cheap. And I of course, love lefse that is swimming in butter and sugar. I am a true Norwegian when it comes to a love of butter and sugar. In the museum there are several authentic Norwegian cooking utensils, furniture accompanied with a lot of amazing history.

Norwegians love their fabrics. Looms were and continue to be a part of the Norwegian way of life.



Rosemaling and decorative painting are another piece of the Norwegian heritage. These pieces really caught my eye, as the detail is unbelievable. I will confess, I do not have the patience to paint like this.


There is something for everyone at the Vesterheim Norwegian Gallery in Decorah, Iowa. This is a glimpse of this stunning museum you will find in Decorah. The outdoor buildings are open during the warmer months and offer more insight into the Norwegian way of life. With educational classes and traveling displays, the museum always has something going on.

Want to learn more about the Norwegian culture? Nordic Fest is slated for July 28-30, 2016. This is a family friendly event which draws people in from all across the globe. Hotel rooms fill up fast, as do camping sites, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

After a day of exploring the Norwegian Heritage, I’d like to suggest that you experience a taste of Italian at Mabe’s Pizza. One of the best places to find a slice of pizza in the midwest.

So, tell me! Are you interested in learning more about the Norwegian Culture? If so, I’d love to hear when you plan to visit Decorah.

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