Museum employees pack an item for Epcot. (Submitted photo)
Museum employees pack an item for Epcot. (Submitted photo)

Twenty-one artifacts from Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will be on display at the Norway Pavilion at Disney's Epcot Center in Florida.

The artifacts include a Hardanger fiddle, a carved wooden chair called a kubbestol, silver brooches of intricate detail, a small loom, and examples of decorative Norwegian painting called rosemaling. The pieces were packed and shipped last week to be part of the Epcot exhibit, "Norsk Kultur, Inspiration for Disney's Frozen." The film "Frozen," due out in November, is Disney's new animated film loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Snow Queen."

Epcot's World Showcase shares the culture and cuisine of 11 countries including Norway. Vesterheim's artifacts will be on loan to Epcot for three years.

"I think its exciting that Vesterheim is recognized nationwide as the place to go for Norwegian artifacts," Alison Dwyer, Vesterheim's Collections Assistant, said.

For more information on the museum's exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities and ways to donate, check Vesterheim's 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.