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Adair County Historical Museum
The museum is
focused on the rich heritage of Adair County. Properties
include and old railroad depot, an 1898 Church, and the George
A. Wilson house. The museum is located on the west side
of Greenfield on Highway 92.
Greenfield Aviation Museum
history of aviation in Iowa and includes the Iowa Aviation
Hall of Fame. Located at 2251 Airport Road in
Schildberg's Antique Car Museum
extensive collection of antique cars, the museum is located
on East Iowa Street in Greenfield, IA just east of the
Icaria Museum and Research Center
503 8th Street in
Allamakee County Historical Society Museum
Housed in the
original 1861 Allamakee Courthouse, the museum, visitors can
step back in time to the early days of Allamakee County.
Filled with early artifacts such as military objects,
complete court room, farm tools and rooms furnished in 19th
and early 20th century style. A genealogical research
center is located on the premises. Also located on the
grounds is the Gjefle Log Cabin which was built in 1872.
Located at 121 Allamakee Street in Waukon, IA.
Built in the 1860s, Horridge House is home to the
Benton County Historical Society's Museum and Archives.
Located at 612 First Avenue in Vinton, IA.
Black Hawk County
Grout Museum District
The district features five distinct museums
which cover the past, present and future of Waterloo, Iowa.
The 5 Grout Museum District museums are:
Grout Museum of History & Science
Exhibits include local history, regional flora
and fauna and the only public planetarium in NE Iowa along with
a large genealogical research library. Located at 503
South Street in Waterloo, IA.
Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
Visitors will have a hands on experience
making science fun. Focus is on light, electricity,
momentum, liquids, gases and sound. Located at 322
Washington Street in Waterloo, IA.
This Victorian Italianate mansion was built in
1881 and occupied by the William Snowden family. The home
has been restored and is available for event rental.
Located at 306 Washington Street in Waterloo, IA.
Rensselaer Russell House Museum
One of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County,
the home was built in 1861 and occupied by the Russell family
for three generations. The home has been restored to it's
1890 splendor and boasts original furnishings of the Russell
family. The home is available for rental. Located at
520 W. Third Street in Waterloo, IA.
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
Devoted to the
service and sacrifice of all Iowa veterans from the Civil War to
present day. Visitors will find exhibits, interactive
activities and an electronic Wall of Honor. Located at 503
South Street in Waterloo, IA.
Marshall One Room School
A one room
schoolhouse built in 1893 near Laurens in Pocahontas County,
Iowa. The school was moved to the UNI campus in 1987 and
serves as a museum devoted to the history of one room schools
in Iowa. Visit it at the UNI, on the corner of Indiana
Street & West 23rd Street in Cedar
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
Devoted to honoring
all Iowa veterans from the Civil War to present day, the museum
features exhibits, interactive activities and an electronic Wall
of Honor. Steep yourself in the stories of past Iowa
veterans. Located in the Grout Museum District at 503
South Street in Waterloo, IA.
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
While visiting in
Boone, catch a ride on this operating 1893 railroad, with a
steam locomotive. They even have dinner trains.
Catch it at 225 10th Street, Boone, IA.
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
The birthplace of
the wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Lady Mamie Doud.
The museum contains exhibits related to the life of Ike and
Mamie Eisenhower along with local history inside this restored
Victorian home. Address is 709 Carroll Street in Boone,
Heartland Acres Agribition Center
At Heartland Acres, visitors experience a wealth of
information and hands-on fun. Experience how Iowa
agriculture touches everyone, even you, by means of
interactive exhibits, new and antique farm equipment and
implements, simulators, historical displays, live farm
animals, 77 acres of test/show plots and Classic Car Museum.
Located at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd in Independence, IA.
The Walter Residence
The Walter Residence was designed by famed
architect Frank Lloyd Wright between 1948 and 1950.
With concrete floors and roof, the home is unique and bears
the coveted signature of the architect. Cedar Rock is
an example of a simplified style of home Frank Lloyd Wright
developed and called, “Usonian.” This 1950's estate includes the
Walter Residence, a river pavilion, an outdoor entertaining
area, and an entrance gate. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock
bears the architects imprint. Mr. Wright signed a small
selection of buildings that he considered special. Cedar Rock is
the only Iowa structure he chose to honor with his signature.
Cedar Rock State Park is located at 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal
Blvd., Buchanan County HWY W-35, Independence, IA and the Usonian
home is open for tours.
Wapsipinicon Mill Museum
This 102 foot tall structure was built in
1875-76 by Samuel Sherwood and represents the foremost
cornerstone of the Wapsipinicon community. Serving as
a mill for wheat and other grains for over 100 years, the
Wapsipinicon mill is still situated at the original location
on the Wapsipinicon River but of course has had much
reconstructive work on it to maintain it's beauty.
Visitors to the mill will take a step back in time and see
the inner workings of this antique structure while learning
about pioneer grist milling and agriculture. Operated
by the Buchanan County Historical Society, the museum is
open during the summer season and is considered to be one of
the top ten most historic structures in Iowa. A DVD is
available to "tour" all 6 floors of this antique mill.
Contact at 319-334-4616. Allow one week notice for
group tours. Located at 110 1st Street West in
Buena Vista County
Buena Vista Historical Society and Museum
The museum contains artifacts and exhibits
depicting early life in Buena Vista County.
214 5th Street
in Storm Lake, IA.
Butler County Museum
Holding artifacts and exhibits related to the
past life and history of Butler County. Located
in Alison on the fairgrounds. Also on the fairgrounds
is an historical log cabin which at one time served as a
stagecoach stop between Waterloo and Mason City in Coldwater
Township. It was also the first hotel in Greene.
The museum and cabin are open during the annual county fair
or call for appointment 319-267- 2664.
Greene Historical Museum
Housed in a
1900s boarding house, the museum stores a large collection
of historical items and is operated by the Greene Historical
Society. Located at 102 North First Street in Greene,
Shell Rock Historical Museum
A new museum operated by the newly organized
Shell Rock Historical Society, the museum opening is
scheduled for July 4th 2007. The museum will be housed
in an 1920s Craftsman style house and will offer exhibits
demonstrating the history of Shell Rock, Iowa.
The Old Mill
Built in 1867, the five story mill was built
by the founder of Shell Rock. The mill operated until
1978 and today the mill may be viewed from the outside and
includes an antique shop. Located at 103 North Cherry
Street in Shell Rock, IA.
Herbert Hoover Presidental Library and Museum
Dedicated to the
life and career of Iowa's only president, Herbert Hoover.
See Herbert Hoover's birthplace, a Quaker Meeting house, a
blacksmith shop and the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover.
Located at 210 Parkside Drive in West Branch, IA.
The Little Brown Church in the Vale
1864, services are still held in this quaint little church
in the wildwood. Visitors are welcome to the services
and tours can be arranged. On Highway 346 in Nashua,
Located at 300 E. Third Street in Spencer,
Historic Peterson, Iowa
Historical Museum [Historical
Focused on the
history of Monona, the museum features historical documents
and artifacts related to the early times in Monona.
The society has recently opened the
Willa Helwig History Center where researchers will find
materials and documents related to the genealogy and history
of people of Monona, Iowa. Located at 304 S. Egbert
Street in Monona, IA.
Clinton County Historical Society & Museum
A collection of
artifacts, documents and photographs relating the history of
Clinton County, IA. The society offers a research
library and publishes books of early documents.
Located at 601 South First Street in Clinton, IA.
Once known as the
"Lumber Capital of the World," Clinton, Iowa's pivotal role in
the lumber industry and expansion of the West make it ideally
suited to host the lumber museum and learning center.
Visitors will learn about the dynamic history and culture of
Clinton, Iowa through interactive exhibits and displays.
Located at 2231 Grant Street in Clinton, IA.
Forest Park Museum and Arboretum
Featuring 2 exhibit halls, 3 historic buildings
and an arboretum. The museum complex has grown and holds
historical exhibits related to the history of the Dallas County
history. Located at 14581 K Avenue in Perry, Iowa.
Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin [Spirit Lake Massacre]
The historic 1856
log cabin features the story of Abbie Gardner and Dakota leader,
Inkpaduta. Near the cabin is a memorial devoted to the
memory of those who died in Spirit Lake Massacre.
Montauk Historic Site on FaceBook
The lovely Italianate mansion was built in
1874 for William Larabee, the 12th Governor of Iowa. The
home was built of bricks made from local clay. The
home may be toured and is located on 46 acres overlooking the
Turkey River at 26223 Harding Road in Clermont, IA.
Chapman Catt Girlhood Home
The historic 1865
Victorian house was the childhood home of the key coordinator of
the women's suffrage movement (Carrie Chapman Catt. Today
the home is a museum open to the public. Located near
Charles City, IA.
Floyd County Museum
contains a large collection of historic farm tractors, farming
implements and tools housed in Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories
building. Step back in time through the period rooms on
display including an old time drug store, a country school
classroom and the 1853 Muchlar cabin. The museum also
offers some research materials and sells local history
publications for the historian or genealogist. Located at
500 Gilbert Street in Charles City, Iowa.
Marble Rock Historical Museum
Housed in what was
originally a bank built in 1885, the limestone building today
holds a collection if artifacts and items related to the history
of Marble Rock. The museum now encompasses the Rural
Living Museum next door. Both are operated by the Marble
Rock Historical Society. Located at 313 Bradford Street in
Marble Rock, IA.
Guthrie County Historical Village
This historical village is a 4 acres complex
consisting of ten buildings and exhibits where the history of
Guthrie County unfolds for visitors. Historic buildings
1851 log cabin,
The Panora Depot, a
1913 Church and a country schoolhouse and more.
Amazingly enough there are
37 country schoolhouses still standing in Guthrie County.
Located at 206 W. South Street in Panora, IA.
Country Relics Village
Humboldt County Museum
The museum focuses on the rich pioneer history of Humboldt
County. On the extensive museum grounds you can visit the Mill
Farm House, Hardy Church, Red Barn, Willow School, Log Cabin,
Jail, Kettle Shed, Chicken Shed and Clancy Building.
Besides displays of Indian artifacts, cars, farm machinery, a
bank, post office, and early photography studio, the Clancy
Building houses a Research Room with photographs, maps,
newspaper clippings, and much more. Trees and flowering
plants native to Iowa enhance the Museum grounds. Located
in Dakota City east of Humboldt, the museum grounds and
buildings are the venue for many summer events, such as the Fall
Fling and the Mill Farm House.
Old Settlers Park
log cabin erected in 1890 by the Old Settlers Association of
Humboldt County. Located in Livermore, Iowa.
Kellogg, Iowa Historical Museum
6 historic sites including the 1909 Simpson Hotel, an old barn,
the 1919 Kellogg Savings Bank, the 1877 Bethel Country Church,
and the Rock Creek Country School. The museum is focused
on the local history and genealogy of pioneer families who
settled in Kellogg, Iowa. The historical museum complex is
operated by the Kellogg Historical Society located at 218 High
Street in Kellogg, IA.
Johnson County Heritage Museum
and displays the history of Johnson County, Iowa and surrounding
area. Properties include the 1855
Johnson County Poor Farm, which is being restored, the
1876 Coralville Schoolhouse and the Plum Grove Historic
Plum Grove Historic Farm [More
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The 1844 home has
been home to Governor Robert Lucas, Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd, Jacob
Switzer and Richard Hughes. Archaeology digs are being
performed at the historic site located at 1030 Carroll Street in
Iowa City, IA.
Built between 1808 and 1809, it was the first
U.S. Military Post established in present day Iowa.
Located on the Mississippi River in Fort Madison, Iowa.
American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa
Brucemore Mansion and Cultural Center
Toolesboro Indian Mounds and Hopewell Diorama
Indian burial mounds are purported to have been constructed
between 100 BC and 200 AD by moundbuilder Indians. There
are seven mounds. Visitors will find an educational center
with information about the mounds, artifacts and a diorama.
Located on Iowa Highway 99 in Toolesboro, IA.
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
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spanking new museum is having a grand opening May 22-25, 2015.
Visitors will learn about the life and times of John Wayne, a
young boy born 1907 in the midwest. There are many
artifacts from his movies on display. Learn more about the
duke who entertained millions. Locates at 216 S. 2nd
Street in Winterset, IA.
Madison County Historical Museum
Operated by the
Madison County Historical Society, the museum offers
exhibits and displays of historical artifacts donated by
Madison County residents and maintains a research library.
Other historical buildings in this complex include the
Bevington - Kaser Mansion,
Winterset Train Depot,
Zion Church, the
Field Mercantile Store and a
stone barn. Located at 815 South Second
Avenue in Winterset, IA.
Historic Village [History]
consists of over 20 buildings. Some are more than 150
years old. Featured is the
Wyatt Earp House. Offered by the Pella Historical
Society, learn what life was like in this early Dutch
community. Address: 507 Franklin Street, Pella, IA.
Scholte House [History]
the home remained in the Scholte family until it was given to
the Pella Historical Society to be used as a museum. The
22 room home contains some original furnishings. Located
at 728 Washington Street in Pella, IA.
Marshall County Historical Museum
The museum features displays and exhibits of
historical artifacts and items from the past of Marshall County.
Collections include Early American Glass, a General Store,
history of the rural frontier, military history, early medicine,
dentistry and nursing history. A historical reference
library is available for researchers. Located at 202 E.
Church Street in Marshalltown, IA.
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop
The 1883 blacksmith shop was one of the first
businesses in the brand new town of Haverhill, IA. Today
the shop serves a museum and holds items just as they were
the shop closed it's doors in 1940. Visitors will see
demonstrations of blacksmithing and tours of the site.
Located at 214 1st Street in Haverhill, IA.
Historic Places in Mitchell County
St. Ansgar Heritage Association and Museum
The museum has
collected a large amount of artifacts and items related to the
history of St. Ansgar and includes boxes and boxes of early
newspapers. Located at 126 W. Fourth in St. Ansgar, IA.
Monona County Historical Museum
Exhibits include a Lewis & Clark display, antique
farm equipment, a barbed wire collection, an Eskimo Pie exhibit
and other artifacts related to early Monona County history.
Located at 47 12th Street in Onawa, IA.
Monona County Veterans Memorial Museum
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historical military memorabilia and some antique military
vehicles, planes and helicopters. Located at 203 12th
Street in Onawa, IA.
Monroe County Historical Museum
Operated by the Monroe County Historical Society,
the museum contains artifacts from homes, farms and mines in
Albia and the surrounding areas. Located at 114A Avenue
East in Albia, IA.
Farm & Pioneer Museum
pioneer farmers of Iowa, the museum is operated by the Mahaska
County Historical Society. The Nelson home and barn are at
their original locations but the property features several other
historical structures which have been moved to the site from
other locations for preservation. Exhibits include a quilt
display, Indian artifacts, military memorabilia and other
historical items. The museum features a
genealogy library containing local histories and records for
Mahaska County that is open by appointment only. Located
at 2211 Nelson Lane in Oskaloosa, IA.
The museum is
focused on history of the Nodaway River valley in southwest
Iowa. Features are Goldenrod School-Birthplace of 4-H,
historic buildings from the area, Native American artifacts,
quilt display, WWII Prisoner of War Camp, display on native
son Glenn Miller, farm machinery. Located at 1600 S. 16th
Street in Clarinda, IA.
Hoyt Sherman Place
Built in 1877, this grand manor home was home
to Hoyt Sherman, a prominent businessman. Today the
home houses a museum featuring paintings, furnishings and
ancient artifacts. Next door is a 1923 theater.
It has been restored and hosts theatrical productions,
musicians and other local performing arts events.
Located at 1501 Woodland Avenue in Des Moines, IA.
Iowa State Historical Museum [Online
and home to the State Historical Society of Iowa. The
museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the
history of the state of Iowa along with an research library
and archives for historians and genealogical researchers.
Located in the state historical building at 600 E. Locust in
Des Moines, IA.
Living History Farms
Salisbury House Museum
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between 1923 and 1928, the 42 room mansion was built for
Carl and Edith Weeks. Today the mansion features a
museum containing collections of art, paintings, antiques
and documents which belonged to the Weeks family.
Located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive in Des Moines, IA.
Terrace Hill Historic Site [Virtual Tour]
Western Historic Trails Center
Historical Museum [History]
The Grinnell Historical Museum is
authentically furnished as a late-Victorian residence in an 1895
building. Its mission is to preserve the history of the
city Grinnell and Poweshiek County. Located in the
McMurray house at 1125 Broad Street. in Grinnell, Iowa.
Spaulding Center for Transportation / Iowa
Housed in an
abandoned carriage factory, the Iowa Transportation Museum is a
place to learn about the past and present of transportation in
American and how it has shaped America. The Spaulding
Carriage and Automotive Works buildings are over 120 years old.
Located at 927 Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, IA.
Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead
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farmhouse is the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody of the Wild
West Show. Built by his father, Isaac Cody, the home has
been restored and contains period furnishings. Buffalo
roam the surrounding prairie. Located at 28050 230th Ave
at Bluff Road in Scott County, Iowa.
German American Heritage Center [History]
Focused on the
German-American immigration, the organization is striving to
create library archives, a museum and cultural center in the
Midwest. Davenport was once the gateway to the west for
German, Scottish, Swiss and Irish immigrants. The Heritage
Center is housed in the partially restored Standard Hotel
and is a significant resource for student education, history
and genealogy research. Located at 712 W. 2nd Street in
Historical Society of Iowa Museum
Walnut Grove Pioneer Village
[Olde St. Ann's Church]
Walnut Grove was a
popular stage coach stop in the 1860s. This Village has
18 historic buildings which include an 1890 bank, 1870 Donahue
Train Depot, a saloon, barber shop, dr. office, General store
and more. Take a stroll through the past on the old
boardwalk. Located in Scott County Park at Davenport,
Alton Historical Museum
The museum features
items related to the history of Alton, Iowa and is housed at the
Alton Public Library located at 605 10th Street in Alton, IA.
Smack dab in the
center of the Iowa State University campus, this 1860 house
was built for the State Agricultural College and Model Farm.
Today it is a museum focused on the first 50 years of Iowa
State. Located at the Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
Tama County Historical Museum
The Tama County
Historical Museum is housed in the 1870 Tama County Jail.
Focus is on the local history of Tama County, Iowa. The
museum features Native American and
Tribal artifacts, antique clothing, furniture, military items
and a restored Czech log cabin which has been relocated to the
site along with a genealogy research library. Located at
200 N. Broadway in Toledo, IA.
American Gothic House Museum
Fort Dodge Museum
The Ford Dodge
Museum brings the history and frontier days of Northwest Iowa
Lewis Armistead Museum is located in the only original Fort
building still standing. Home to many historical buildings
including the 1855 Carlson-Richey Log house, an 1857 one room
schoolhouse, the "Cardiff
Giant", and many buildings built to represent pioneer
buildings of the time period. They even have a log chapel
where weddings are performed throughout the year. Visit
the Fort Dodge Museum at the junction of South Kenyon and Museum
Road in Fort Dodge, IA.
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