523 W. Water St., Decorah Iowa 52101
With 16 historic buildings in its main complex, which occupies most of a square block in downtown Decorah, and two National Register historic sites a farmstead and country church just outside the city, Vesterheim is the largest, most comprehensive museum in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. Though Norwegian-American, Vesterheim reflects the story of an entire immigrant nation pioneering its future. The museum houses over 21,000 artifacts, including large samplings from the fine, decorative, and folk arts, and the tools and machinery of early agriculture, lumbering, and other immigrant industries.
Other History nearby:
(Spillville) Bily Clocks Museum
(Charles City) Floyd County Historical Society Museum
(Spring Valley) Methodist Church Museum
(Decorah) Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
(Prairie du Chien) Villa Louis
03/05 Coming to The Decorah area
Minnesota Alpaca Festival Owatonna MN April13-14 The halter show has over 500 alpacas in the most astonishing array of colors. Award winning fleece will be on display throughout the weekend! This is also a shopping extravaganza.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Scott-Carver Thresher's Annual Swap Meet Jordan MN May4-5 Antique car, tractor, farm equipment and machinery for consignment and auction.
Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Dubuque IA May17-19 DubuqueFest's juried fine art fair features the work of over 70 artists and artisans from throughout the region offering the very best in fine art and fine craft. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and invest in hand-crafted pieces.
North Iowa Band Festival Mason City IA May23-27 The event is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. The mission of the North Iowa Band Festival is to provide a weekend of wholesome family entertainment at little or no cost to the family; to promote and celebrate the rich musical heritage of North Iowa; and to provide an atmosphere which showcases young musicians who are becoming a part of that heritage. It features Carnival, Concessions, Marketplace, Car Show, Arts and Craft exhibits.