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New Hours, Tours, and May Baskets at Vesterheim on Free First Thursday

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Celebrate the beginning of spring with new open hours, guided tours, and May baskets on Free First Thursday at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

On May 1, Vesterheim will be open with free admission from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be tours of the Open Air Division at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and of the Main Building at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stop by from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for our afterschool activity, making May baskets from some beautiful rosemaling patterns.

From May 1 to November 30 Vesterheim is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with regularly scheduled guided tours of the Open Air Division each day.

Vesterheim’s Open Air Division includes 12 buildings with diverse histories. The Egge-Koren House was the home of Decorah-area farmers Erik and Helene Egge. The first Lutheran pastor in Decorah, Rev. U. Vilhelm Koren and his wife Elisabeth, stayed in the house with the Egges when they first came to Decorah from Norway. The Painter-Bernatz Mill is on its original site where it was built in 1851 and the Valdres House was brought all the way from Heggenes, Øystre Slidre, Norway.

Check for a schedule of future “Free First Thursday” events. The museum is open with free admission all day.

Through 24,000 objects and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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