Registration and Policies


Register online! Each class includes a registation option on the class page.

Phone and mail registrations are also welcome.

Direct questions and registrations to:

Folk Art Program Assistant Ruth Jenkins or 563-382-9681 ext. 224.

Education Specialist Darlene Fossum-Martin or 563-382-9681 ext. 215.

To register for classes by mail, please print a class registration form (pdf) and send the form, along with your class payment to:
Ruth Jenkins
Vesterheim Museum
P.O. Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101

Class Time and Size

Class instruction is held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the class description. Most classes allow for extra work time in the evenings. All Vesterheim classes are limited in size to assure a quality learning experience.


Before each class begins, all students will receive a supply list, a detailed class schedule, and a list of any special equipment needed for the class. The supply list may include a materials fee for specific items required by the instructor for the class. This fee is paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class. Other basic supplies on the supply list should be purchased before class or from the Museum Store. Students might want to bring additional equipment for their own personal needs, for example a magnifying light.

Vesterheim can provide rosemalers with paints, brush cleaner, and painting medium for a $25 palette fee. A basic woodcarving set is available to rent for $25. These supplies must be ordered from Vesterheim in advance.

All students receive a 20% discount on purchases made in the Museum Store throughout the duration of any class they are attending.

Deposit, Payment, and Cancelations

All classes require a $50 deposit to register. Full tuition is due 21 days prior to the class starting date. A minimum number of registered students is required for a class to be held. We must meet our minimum number 21 days before class, or the class will be cancelled.

If Vesterheim cancels a class, a full refund will be made.

If a student wishes to cancel enrollment, a 21-day notice in writing (e-mail is acceptable) is required for a full refund, less a $25 handling fee. Students withdrawing 20 days or less prior to the start date of a class will receive no refund.

Age Policy and Youth Discounts

All classes at Vesterheim are open to adults 18 years and older. Vesterheim strongly believes in the importance of keeping our Scandinavian traditions alive by passing them down to our children and nurturing inter-generational learning. Therefore, some courses are open to students under the age of 18. Minimum age requirements are determined by the individual instructors and are included in the course descriptions.

Youth tuition will be discounted 25% according to the member/non-member status of the adult. enrolling the youth.

Local Resident Discounts

Vesterheim offers a 50% discount for class tuition on a space-available, stand-by basis to any legal year-round resident of Winneshiek County, Iowa. Students will be notified about availability of an opening in the class one week before the starting date of the class. Discounts do not include materials fees. If local area residents want a guaranteed place in a class they must pay regular class tuition. Proof of legal residency (Iowa ID or Iowa driver’s license) is required.

Tuition for full-time Luther students is discounted 50%, also on a space-available, stand-by basis.

Housing and Food

Students must make their own housing and dining arrangements.

For information about Decorah’s housing and food options check with the Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce.

If you have trouble finding housing, please call Vesterheim at (563) 382-9681 for assistance. There may be other options for accommodations in the area, including private housing. A variety of moderately priced restaurants are within walking distance. The Westby-Torgerson Education Center has a student lounge located on the third floor. Facilities include a refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, coffee maker, pop machine, and tables and chairs.


Vesterheim does not allow videotaping during classes, or auditing a class. Vesterheim is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors. Smoking is not permitted inside any building at Vesterheim Museum. Alcohol is not permitted in classrooms and workshops with exception of some cooking classes. The use of illegal drugs is prohibited.