Part II – Vesterheim Museum

Hello and welcome!  Last Friday I visited the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah.  This comprehensive collection of artifacts includes handmade metal objects, furniture, cooking utensils, dining artifacts, wood carving, needlework, and more.  The museum exhibits detail the emigration of Norwegians to the United States starting in the early 1800s.  This wonderful venue is a “must see” if you are in the area.

2_Cooking Utensils

I could cook with these!

1_Sewing Kit

A cool sewing kit


A hand-painted wooden plate.


Early immigrants often painted their homemade furniture with bright colors, flowers, geometric shapes, etc.


One of many beautiful trunks in the museum collection.


A small scale Nordic ship


A parade of hundreds of handmade flowers, mushrooms, etc. leading to a picture of a Norwegian River.


A close-up of those hundreds of beautiful flowers.

Of course, there are many more pictures one could post but it would take all day to upload them.  There are also exhibits regarding Norwegian faith and even a civil war exhibit.  Did you know 1 in 6 Norwegian born Civil War soldiers were named “Ole” ??  That’s just one of the fun facts you’ll see at this remarkable museum.  It’s a great deal of fun and educational, too… and a terrific place to take one’s family!

Well, that’s about it for this trip…  So what’s next on the horizon?  I’m going to take the van down to the city of Muscatine and see buddy Johnnie for an unusual party – one that will involve some day camping, pizza, and a whole lot of 1980s TV shows.  More about that later this week.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Brad, the Van Trekker

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

2 Responses to Part II – Vesterheim Museum

  1. Jo says:

    What beautifully crafted pieces. Just love them all . Thanks for sharing.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! I wish pictures could do it justice. The artifacts are gorgeous. The visit was an exciting end to a fun year of camping. Take care! Thanks for stopping by.