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 Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts

The exhibition highlights the ways Norwegian Americans have expressed gender, family, community, religious, and ethnic identities through quiltmaking. “Not only are the quilts beautiful, they have interesting and often emotional stories,” said Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s Chief Curator.

Includes 18 quilts, quilt blocks, and pieced spreads from Vesterheim’s collection, as well as sewing tools. Many of the artifacts are from Wisconsin, including the communities of Pleasant Springs, New Hope, Argyle, Baldwin, and Sun Prairie.

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.

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.