Objects on Loan

Vesterheim has lent objects to many institutions around the country, including Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California; Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska; Ellis Island, New York; Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Apron Museum in Iuka, Mississippi.

Current Locations

The EPCOT Center

Orlando, Florida
Exhibition Norsk Kultur: Inspiration for ‘Frozen’

This exhibition reopened on June 17, 2016, and will be on view for at least a year. It includes 30 items from Vesterheim’s collection, such as a carved mangle board, a bunad, a Hardanger fiddle, and many examples of rosemaling.

Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center

Stoughton, Wisconsin
Exhibition Sacred Symbols: The Folk Art of Norway

This Vesterheim traveling exhibition, which focuses on the many symbols that have come down from the Viking past, features wood, silver, horn, and textiles artifacts from the museum’s collections. Other Vesterheim artifacts and images can be seen in the center’s core exhibit.

Museum of Danish America

Elk Horn, Iowa
Exhibition Skål! Scandinavian Spirits

This exhibition, which explores the role of beer and aquavit as symbols of Scandinavian heritage, includes drinking vessels from Vesterheim’s collections. The exhibition’s venues includes The Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington; Swedish American Museum, Chicago, Illinois; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, Iowa; American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Elverhoj Museum, Solvang, California.

James A. Michener Museum

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Exhibition Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal

This exhibition includes three prints from Vesterheim’s collection by Jonas Lie (1880-1940), an American immigrant from Norway. The prints are of the construction of the Panama Canal and are view through October 9, 2016.

The Iowa Quilt Museum

Winterset, Iowa
Exhibition Three Centuries of Red + White Quilts

A red and white quilt in a design primarily of heart and made by Betsy Sheldahl for her son and daughter-in-law in 1901 is on view in this exhibition through September 2016.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum

Abilene, Kansas
Exhibition Be Ye Men of Valour: the Allies of World War II

A sampling of Vesterheim artifacts in the exhibition, which has been extended through December 2016, include:

  • A skein of human hair that was made in Hadeland, Norway, for knitting socks and darning during the World War II Occupation.
  • A matchbook from “Little Norway,” a training camp in Canada for the Royal Norwegian Air Force during WWII.
  • A sweater worn by worn by Einar Judén when he was a member of the Norwegian resistance movement during WWII.

The Gundersen Clinic

Decorah, Iowa

Gundersen Clinic features a colorful display of clay and paper flowers made by Nordic Fest participants and inspired by Flora Metamorphicae, an installation of 4,000 ceramic flowers that were on view at Vesterheim Museum in 2014.

Minnekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Chicago, Illinois

A chandelier from the Chicago Norske Klub is on display at Minnekirken.

Douglas County Historical Society

Alexandria, Minnesota

Several objects belonging to Senator Knute Nelson are on view at the Douglas County Historical Society, which is located in Nelson’s historic home.