The museum studies courses are taught in Koren Building, home to the departments of history, political science, education, anthropology, sociology, and social work. The college's archaeological comparative and teaching collections are also housed in Koren Building in the anthropology lab, found on the third floor.
On-campus resources can be found in Preus Library, an outstanding facility for a college the size of Luther with seating for more than 1,000 students and a collection of more than 340,000 volumes, subscriptions to more than 1,000 periodicals and newspapers, and a 400-volume rare book room.
There are three especially impressive historical collections at Preus Library:
In addition, the college also curates and exhibits a notable collection of fine art anchored by extensive holdings representing the works of Herbjørn Gausta, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Gerhard Marcks.
The biology department curates, exhibits, and conducts research on their natural history collections, which include a sizeable bird egg and nest collection, more than 1,000 plant specimens, more than 5,000 vertebrate specimens, and more than 6,000 invertebrate specimens.
The physics department also curates a small collection of geological specimens and fossils from Northeast Iowa, which it uses for classroom activities and individual research.
For more information on Luther’s collections, visit our collections page. Extensive off-campus historical resources can be found at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, located in Decorah's business district. The museum houses one of the largest and finest ethnic-heritage collections in the United States. Originally part of the college, the museum is open to Luther students at no charge. Other museums and heritage locations in the region include the Porter House Museum in Decorah, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak, Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harper’s Ferry, Iowa, and the Allamakee County Museum in Waukon.