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Vesterheim temporarily closes its buildings to the public

Posted: Wed, Nov 18, 2020 9:04 AM

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum has temporarily closed the onsite campus to the public, including the Museum Store and Main Building.

This strategy is in accordance with the latest guidance of county, state, and national public health officials.

Said Vesterheim President/CEO Chris Johnson, "Our top priority continues to be the safety of our visitors and staff. We will be monitoring the virus numbers in Winneshiek County and the region to help us make an informed decision, and we'll reopen as soon as possible."

Although the campus has been closed, Vesterheim is continuing to offer online programs through its website,, including Folk Art School classes and other special online museum events.  The Museum Store will continue to offer online shopping with delivery through mail or curbside pickup. Another way to stay connected is through Vesterheim's social media on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Many Vesterheim staff members are working from home, but the museum is answering the main phone lines. The best way to communicate is by direct staff emails found at