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Cultural Organizations & Museums

Even if you're not planning travel near any of the museums and centers listed below, their websites offer a wealth of information on Norwegian-American history and culture.


Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah, Iowa
A word-class museum, housing over 24,000 artifacts and embodying the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Vesterheim also offers classes in Norwegian folk art and culture and hosts events, lectures, and special exhibitions.

Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library - Madison, Wisconsin
The NAGC & NL collects, preserves, shares, and interprets resources for the study of Norwegian heritage

Norwegian-American Historical Association - Northfield, MN
A private membership organization dedicated to locating, collecting, preserving and interpreting the Norwegian-American experience with accuracy, integrity and liveliness.

Norwegian American Foundation
Works to increase the visibility and further the cooperation among Norwegian Americans for the purpose of strengthening the ties between modern Norway and people throughout the United States.

Norwegian Immigration Association - New York, New York
Collects and preserves the living history of Norwegian immigrants to the New York area. Exhibits and research center open to the public.

Little Norway - Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
A living museum with a fully restored farm dating to the mid-1800s and a stave church.


The organizations below focus on the culture of all five Nordic/Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Scandinavian Cultural Center - Tacoma, Washington
Cultural exhibits representing all five Nordic countries focus on the art as well as the natural and social history of Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans. Classes in Scandinavian folk art and Nordic cuisine.

Nordic Heritage Museum - Seattle, Washington
The only museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) - New York, New York
Works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings. Offers a wide range of programs presenting contemporary Nordic culture that encompasses the visual arts, music, and literature along with business, finance, and technology.

Scandinavian East Coast Museum - Brooklyn, New York
Documents the lives of Scandinavians who settled throughout the East Coast of the United States, and educates the public about this group's role in the history of Scandinavian immigration to the United States, in the communities they established throughout the East Coast, and in the history of New York.

Vesterheim Photo credit: Jonathunder via Creative Commons