Vesterheim's Objects on Loan

Vesterheim lends objects to institutions around the country. These have included the 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.

The locations of all the Vesterheim’s exhibits and objects that currently on loan are listed below.

Current Locations

Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle, Washington

This five-year loan to their core exhibition includes a Luther College pennant, a political button, and a bygdelag badge.

Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Objects and historical images related to stories of Norwegians in Wisconsin are included in the center’s core exhibit.

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

Two beaded breastplates from Norwegian folk costumes are on loan for museum studies students to research and compare with the beading traditions of other ethnic groups.

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.

Vasa National Archives and Museum

Bishop Hill, Illinois

A child’s cup and dish, two sculptures, and a tapestry are on loan to support the exhibit Nordic Fairy Tales.