Group Tour Rates

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $8.00
Children (7-18): $2.00

These group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Advanced reservations made less than a week in advance are subject to an additional $1 per person fee.

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Vesterheim Special Groups and Bus Tours

Vesterheim offers guided tours of the Museum Building, Heritage Park, or both. The standard tour for each lasts approximately 60-75 minutes. The Museum Building has four floors to explore, including three exhibition galleries that change regularly. Heritage Park, located behind the Museum Building, is a collection of 12 historic buildings. It is open from May 1 to October 31 and is a wonderful outdoor tour option.

Also, Vesterheim can create a personalized tour program that fits your schedule. You can arrange a themed tour around a topic like immigration, woodcarving, rosemaling, textiles, or fine art, or a behind-the-scenes tour of one of our state-of-the-art collection storage facilities. Just ask!

Special group tours include general admission to the museum for the entire day.

Lunch in Commons Following a Group Tour

Vesterheim Commons is available to rent for lunch during a tour! Find out more about Vesterheim Rentals here.

Space may be used as available and must be arranged in advance. Boxed lunches only. 

Groups of 15-30 guests
Cost: $30 per hour, up to two hours. Deposit $100
Groups of 31-60 guests
Cost: $50 per hour, up to two hours. Deposit $100 

Bus Parking and Additional Info

1 Museum Building
2 Vesterheim Commons
3 Westby-Torgerson Education Center, Museum Store, Bruening Welcome Center, Classrooms
4 Egge-Koren House
5 Valdres House
6 Norsvin Mill
7 Erikson-Hansen Stabbur
8 Rovang Parochial Schoolhouse
9 Bethania Lutheran Church
10 Norris Miller Stovewood House
11 Mikkelson-Skree Blacksmith Shop
12 Painter-Bernatz Mill
13 Wickney House
14 Tasa Drying Shed
15 Haugan House
16 Amdal-Odland Heritage Center Administrative Offices
17 Decorah Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
18 Bauder-Landsgard Collection Study Center
19 Administrative Offices
20 Timberframe Plaza
21 Commons Plaza
22 Amphitheater
23 Restauration Plaza 

Request a Speaker: Vesterheim staff members are available to give presentations to cultural, community, and church groups on a variety of topics.

Museum Store: The store is located in the Westby Torgerson Education Center. If your group would like to visit the store, please let us know when you make the reservation for your group visit, so that we can accommodate this into the schedule.

Accessibility: All areas of the Museum Building, Westby-Torgerson Education Center, Amdal-Odland Heritage Center, and the Bethania Church are wheelchair accessible, but some of the historic buildings in the Heritage Park are not. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please let us know if any member of your party requires special accommodation or assistance.

Photography: You may take non-flash photos throughout the museum complex for personal, noncommercial use only, and we encourage you to share your favorite shots on Facebook, Flickr, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and other social media sites. All flash photography is prohibited and commercial use of images of Vesterheim’s collections or grounds is strictly forbidden without prior written consent. High-quality images of artifacts are available for a fee.

What You Should Know Before You Visit
  • Objects in the Museum Building and Heritage Park buildingsmay not be touched unless otherwise noted by signs or by the guide. This is to protect the objects from dirt and damage.
  • Food, drink, gum, and candy are not allowed in the Museum Building or Heritage Park buildings.
  • There are single restrooms with changing tables located on the first, second, and third floors of the Museum Building. Multi-stall restrooms with changing tables are located in the museum’s Education Center. If your group will need a restroom break upon arrival, please let the museum staff know when you make the reservation for your visit so that we can accommodate this into the schedule.
  • All floors of the Museum Building and Education Center are accessible by elevator and are climate-controlled.
  • Buildings in the Heritage Park are accessible by steps and are not climate-controlled.
  • Photographs and video may be taken without flash or floodlights.
  • There are several areas that are ideal for bus parking, including alongside the Museum Building on Mill Street and beside the Education Center on Mechanic Street. Bus drivers are always welcome to join the group for no charge.
  • Lunches or snacks may be eaten in the Heritage Park if prior arrangements have been made. The museum may also be able to provide an indoor space for eating. Please inquire.
  • Guest wifi access is available in the Museum Building and Westby-Torgerson Education Center.
  • Vesterheim’s Museum Store is located in the Education Center. If your group would like to visit the store, please let the museum know when you make the reservation for your group visit, so that we can accommodate this into the schedule.