From Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4, the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, located in Decorah Iowa, will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, through the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

Vesterheim welcomes Military Personnel and their families to explore immigrant history and folk art through the lens of Norwegian Americans and hopes many families will take advantage of this summer program. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members.

Through 33,000 objects and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the Blue Star Museum program or the museum’s exhibitions, visit their website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.