List of museums in Iowa

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This list of museums in Iowa is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Location Region Area of study Summary
4-H Schoolhouse Museum Clarion Central School information, located in Gazebo Park, operated by the town of Clarion
Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin Arnolds Park West Historic house Operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, restored to 1856 appearance, history of 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre
Ackley Heritage Center Ackley Central Local history website includes museum and soda shop, Prairie Settlement I-House, one room schoolhouse
Adair County Heritage Museum Greenfield West Open air website, includes country school, church, a late 19th-century historic house, museum with local history artifacts, railroad depot
African American Museum of Iowa Cedar Rapids East African American African American heritage and culture of Iowa
Airpower Museum Ottumwa Central Aviation Includes historic aircraft, engines, propellers, photos and original art
Albert City Historical Museum Albert City West Local history information
Allamakee County Historical Museum Waukon East Local history Located in the former county courthouse, log cabin also on grounds, operated by the Allamakee County Historical Society
Alton Museum of History and Art Alton West Local history website
Altoona Area Historical Society Altoona Central Local history website, planned museum
Amana Community Church Homestead East Religious website, 1865 Amana Community church building
Amana Heritage Museum Amana East Religious website, religious and cultural history of the Amana Colonies displayed in three 19th-century buildings
American Gothic House Eldon Central Art Site of the house used as the background for Grant Wood's painting American Gothic
Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum Anamosa East Law enforcement History of the Anamosa State Penitentiary
Ankeny Art Center Ankeny Central Art website
Ankeny Area Historical Society Ankeny Central Local history website
Antique Car Museum of Iowa Coralville East Automotive website, includes over 90 cars ranging from year 1899 to the mid-1970s, an early 20th-century Skelly Oil gas station
Antique Tractor Showcase Carlisle Downtown Tractor website, open by appointment, tractors are rotated through showcase
Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum Centerville South Mining website, coal mining, transportation, local history
Armstrong Heritage Museum Armstrong West Local history website, open by appointment
Audubon Public Library & Cultural Center Audubon West Doll information, houses the John James Audubon Cultural Center with an antique doll and toy museum
Bartlett Museum & Carriage House Story City Central Historic house information, 1903 Queen Anne period house
Bedstemor’s House Elk Horn West Historic house Operated by Museum of Danish America, also known as the Christensen House, 1910 period house
Behrens-Rapp Service Station Museum and Tourist Center Cedar Falls East Local history website, operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society
Belle Plaine Area Museum Belle Plaine East Local history website
Belmond Museum Belmond Central Local history website, operated by the Belmond Historical Society
Big Creek Historical Society Polk City Central Local history website
Bily Clocks Museum & Antonín Dvořák Exhibit Spillville East Multiple website, hand-carved clocks, exhibit about Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, log cabin
B.J. and Mabel Palmer Mansion Davenport East Historic house website, part of Palmer College of Chiropractic
Blanden Memorial Art Museum Fort Dodge Central Art website, collection includes modem American and European paintings, African sculptures, and 16th-20th-century American, European and Japanese prints
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum Le Mars West Food website, history of ice cream, history of Wells Dairy, simulated production room
Bob Feller Museum Van Meter Central Biographical Baseball player Bob Feller
Boone County Historical Center Boone Central Local history Operated by the Boone County Historical Society
Bremer County Historical Society Museum Waverly East Local history information, located in the Waverly House
Brucemore Cedar Rapids East Historic house 21 room Queen Anne mansion
Brunnier Art Museum Ames Central Art Part of Iowa State Center of Iowa State University, features a fine and decorative arts collections including ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, enameled metals, prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood objects, lacquered pieces, silver, and furniture
Buena Vista County Historical Society Storm Lake West Local history website
Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead Scott County Central Biographical 1847 boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody
Buffalo Bill Museum LeClaire East Biographical Exhibits about Buffalo Bill Cody, engineer James Buchanan Eads and inventor James Ryan
Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum Red Oak West Military website, Restored 1903 railroad depot, containing collection of materials and artifacts pertaining to sacrifices of Montgomery County Iowa citizens on the war front and home front during WWII. Also, railroad history research library, gift shop, and meeting facilities.
Butler County Museum Allison Central Local history information, open during the Butler County Fair
Calkins Square Wyoming East Historic house website, open by appointment, includes authentic country doctor's office
Camanche Depot & Museum Camanche East Local history information, open by appointment with the Clinton County/Gateway Genealogical Library
Camp Algona POW Museum Algona West History website, site of a German POW camp in World War II
Carlisle Area Historical Society Carlisle Central Local history website, planned museum
Carnegie Cultural Center New Hampton East Local history website
Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum Charles City Central Biographical website, home of suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt
Carstens 1880 Farmstead Shelby West Agriculture website
Carter House Museum Elkader East Historic house website, operated by the Elkader Historical Society, 19th century period house
Cass County Museum Griswold West Local history website
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Cedar Rapids East Art Includes large collection of works by Grant Wood
Cedar County Historical Society Museum Tipton East Local history website
Cedar Rock State Park Quasqueton East Historic house Also known as the Walter House or Lowell E. Walter House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Central Community Historical Society Museum DeWitt East Local history website
Christian Petersen Art Museum Ames Central Art Part of Iowa State University, includes large sculpture collection of Christian Petersen, also site of Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden
Clay Castle Museum Madrid Central Doll information, operated by the Madrid Historical Society
Clermont Museum Clermont East Local history information, operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa
Clinton County Historical Museum Clinton East Local history website, operated by the Clinton County Historical Society
Clinton Sawmill Museum Camanche East Forestry website, importance of forests and wood products
Columbus Community Heritage Center Columbus East Local history information, operated by the Louisa County Historical Society
Communal Agriculture Museum South Amana East Agriculture website, tools and equipment used on Amana's communal farms
Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum Middle Amana East History website, restored 1932-era communal kitchen for the local Amana Colonies
Conrad Heritage Hall and Museum Conrad East Local history website
Country Life Center Orient Central Biographical website, birthplace farm of Henry Cantwell Wallace, operated by the Wallace Centers of Iowa
Country School Museum Lake Mills Central School website, operated by the Lake Mills Historical Society
Curtis Mansion Clinton East Historic house Restored Victorian home
Dairy Center Calmar Central Agriculture website, dairy education center that includes the Iowa Dairy Museum, milking parlor and barns
Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum Waterloo East Sports website, includes the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa
Danish Windmill Museum Elk Horn West Mill website, authentic working Danish windmill
DeBoer Grocery Museum Ashton West Local history information
Delaware County Historical Museum Complex Hopkinton East Open air
Depot and Rail Museum Vinton East Railroad website, operated by the Benton County Historical Society
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines Central Art Collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art and mixed media
Des Moines County Historical Society Museum Burlington East Open air website, operates Hawkeye Log Cabin, Phelps House Museum and Apple Tree Museum
Dexter Historical Museum Dexter Central Local history website
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Sioux City West Natural history Located in Stone State Park
Dover Museum, Iowa New London East Local history website, operated by the Dover Historical Society, period room and business displays
Dow House Dow City West Historic house Operated by the Crawford County Conservation Board
Dubuque Museum of Art Dubuque East Art website, concentrates on 20th-century American art with an emphasis on American Regionalism
Dumont Museum Sigourney East Agriculture website, includes tractors, horse drawn equipment, buggies and gas engines, toys, dolls, and dishes, Roy Rogers memorabilia collection
Edinburgh Historic Village and Museum Scotch Grove East Open air website, operated by the Jones County Historical Society, reconstructed village includes a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, railroad depot and log houses
Effigy Mounds National Monument Marquette East Native American Archaeology and natural history of the more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans
Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex Estherville West Open air information, information
Family Museum Bettendorf East Science website, also art
Farmall-Land U.S.A. Avoca West Agriculture website, tractors and farm equipment
Farnham Gallery Indianola Central Art website, part of Simpson College
Farm House Museum Ames Central Historic house Part of Iowa State University, 19th-century farm house, open by appointment, 1860 farm home with 19th- and early 20th-century decorative arts, furnishings and material culture reflecting Iowa State and Iowa heritage
Faulconer Gallery Grinnell East Art website, part of Grinnell College
Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center Clinton East Children's website
Figge Art Museum Davenport East Art Known for its extensive collection of Haitian, Colonial Mexican and Midwestern art, particularly pieces by Thomas Hart Benton, Marvin Cone and Grant Wood
Floyd County Museum Charles City Central Local history website, operated by the Floyd County Historical Society
Forest Park Museum and Arboretum Perry Central Open air Arboretum and complex of historic buildings with period and local history exhibits
Fort Atkinson State Preserve Decorah East Military Mid 19th century U.S. Army frontier post created to keep the peace between various Native American tribes as well as prevent white settlers from encroaching on Indian lands
Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center Des Moines Central Military Honors the U.S. Army's first officer candidate class for African American men in 1917, and the establishment of the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942
Fort Museum Fort Dodge Central Open air website, frontier trading post, military and 19th century furniture exhibits
Fossil & Prairie Center Rockford Central Natural history website, Devonian fossils and natural history of the park preserve
Franklin County Historical Museum Hampton Central Local history website, operated by the Franklin County Historical Society, includes period kitchens, clothing, entertainment, military history, machinery hall
Franklin Pearson House Keosauqua East Historic house website, information, maintained by the Van Buren County Historical Society, 1840s house that was a station on the Underground Railroad
French Icarian Colony Living History Museum Corning West Living website, planned museum
Froelich Village McGregor East Open air website, includes history of the tractor invented by John Froelich, 1886 one-room school, 1891 General Store museum, 19th-century shipping warehouse
Garnavillo Historical Museum Garnavillo East Open air information
George Maier Rural Heritage Center Elkader East Rural website
George M. Verity River Museum Keokuk East Maritime Riverboat museum of Upper Mississippi River history
George Wyth House Cedar Falls East Historic house website, operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society, decorated in Art Deco style
German-American Heritage Center Davenport East Ethnic History of German-Americans in the Midwest region
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Elgin East Multiple website, includes Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Building with farm tools and antiques, 1890s period Hart Dummermuth Historical House, petting zoo and trails
Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum Clarinda West Biographical website, life of musician Glenn Miller
Glick-Sower House Marshalltown Central Historic house Operated by the Historical Society of Marshall County by appointment
Grafton Heritage Depot Grafton Central Railroad website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society
Granger House Museum Marion East Historic house website, operated by the Marion Historical Museum, 1870s period home
Grant Wood Art Gallery Anamosa East Art website, life and paintings of Grant Wood
Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum Shenandoah West Local history website
Greene County Historical Museum Jefferson Central Local history information
Greene Historical Museum Greene Central Local history information
Grout Museum Waterloo East Multiple Complex includes Grout Museum of History & Science, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Rensselaer Russell House Museum, Snowden House, and future Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
Grinnell Historical Museum Grinnell East Historic house website
Grundy County Heritage Museum Morrison Central Local history information
Guthrie County Historical Village Panora Central Open air website
Hanlontown Community Bank Museum Hanlontown Central Local history website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society
Hardin County Farm Museum Eldora Central Agriculture information, equipment, agricultural practices, life styles, and history of Hardin County farm families and agri-businesses during the period of 1850-1950
Harker House (Storm Lake, Iowa) Storm Lake West Historic house website
Harlan-Lincoln House Mount Pleasant East Historic house Open by appointment, part of Iowa Wesleyan College
Harriman Nielsen Farm Hampton Central Historic house Operated by the Franklin County Historical Society, late 19th-century farmhouse
Harrison County Historical Village Missouri Valley West Open air website, includes 19th century log cabin, general store and school
Hearst Center for the Arts Cedar Falls East Art website
Heartland Acres Agribition Center Independence Central Agriculture website, agriculture exhibits, farm equipment, period displays, one-room school, automobiles, animals
Heartland Museum Clarion Central Agriculture website, farm equipment, store displays, teddy bears, streetscapes, operated by the Wright County Historical Society
Hemken Collection Williams Central Automotive website, features American convertibles
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site West Branch East Biographical Birthplace of President Herbert Hoover
Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes Okoboji West Numismatic Collection of National Bank Note issues
Historic General Dodge House Council Bluffs West Historic house Victorian period home of Grenville M. Dodge
History Center Cedar Rapids East Local history website, history of Linn County, operated by the Linn County Historical Society
Hitchcock House Lewis West Historic house Mid-19th-century house that was a station on the Underground Railway
Hitchcock Nature Center Honey Creek West Natural history website
Hockett House Museum Earlham Central Historic house website, operated by the Earlham Historical Society
Hoggatt School Ames Central School website, operated by the Ames Historical Society
Homestead Blacksmith Shop Homestead East History website, original village blacksmith shop and forge, working offset printing press and Linotype machine
Homestead Store Museum Homestead East History website, Amana Colonies' industries and products
Horridge House Vinton East Historic house website, operated by the Benton County Historical Society
Hotel Williams Wyoming East Local history website, also known as Wyoming Historical Museum
Humboldt County Museum Humboldt West Open air Includes the Victorian Corydon Brown House, school, barn with store displays, log cabin, antique vehicles and farm equipment, chicken house and jail
Ice House Museum Cedar Falls East History Operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society, ice house, tools and implements
Independence State Hospital Independence Central Medical Former psychiatric hospital, tours by appointment
Indian Creek Historical Museum Hastings West Local history information
International Fire Museum Davenport East Firefighting
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Walcott East Transportation website, antique trucks and memorabilia
Iowa Aviation Museum Greenfield West Aviation Iowa's aviation heritage
Iowa Children's Museum Coralville East Children's website
Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Strawberry Point East History Activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa state parks; located in Backbone State Park
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Johnston Central Military website, Iowa’s military past from statehood to the present
Iowa Masonic Library and Museum Cedar Rapids East History Masonic artifacts, colonial, Indian and foreign exhibits, evolution of the written and printed word
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Boone Central Railroad Operated by the Iowa Railroad Historical Society, heritage railroad and museum
Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Museum Arnolds Park West Music website, includes a reproduction recording studio, 60's era radio broadcast booth, vintage recording equipment and hall of fame memorabilia
Iowa State Capitol Des Moines Central History
Iowa Transportation Museum Grinnell East Transportation website, planned museum under construction
Jackson County Historical Museum Maquoketa East Local history website, includes collection of agriculture equipment
Jasper County Historical Museum Newton Central Open air website, includes Iowa Native American diorama, theater, quilt exhibit, agriculture equipment, washing machine collection, 1930s period house, 1875 barn, general store, post office, barber shop, country school, church and dress & millinery shop
Jefferson Telephone Museum Jefferson Central Technology information, historic telephone equipment
Jenison-Meacham Memorial Art Center and Farm Belmond Central Open air website, includes art center/museum, prairie farmstead, rural schoolhouse, working farm and machinery museum, operated by the Belmond Area Arts Council
John L. Lewis Memorial Museum of Mining and Labor Lucas Central Mining website, exhibits about John L. Lewis, coal mining, labor and related topics
Johnson County Historical Society Museum Coralville East Local history website
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Winterset Central Biographical website, birthplace home of actor John Wayne
Jordan House Museum Des Moines Central Historic house 1880s Victorian period house, includes local history exhibits and Underground Railroad exhibit
Kalona Historical Village Kalona East Open air website, includes 13 authentically restored buildings about Amish and Mennonite history and culture
Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum Kalona East Textile website
Kate Shelley Railroad Museum Moingona Central Biographical website, story of Kate Shelley and area railroad history, operated by the Boone County Historical Society
Kellogg, Iowa Historical Museum Kellogg East Open air information, includes main museum building, factory/bank museum, country school, church and blacksmith shop, operated by the Kellogg Historical Society
Kensett Community Church Museum Kensett Central Local history website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society
Kinney Pioneer Museum Mason City Central Open air information, information, Iowa frontier life and pioneer village
Kiwanis Railroad Depot Museum Complex Onawa West Railroad information
Kline Museum Prescott West Transportation information, antique cars and farm vehicles, local memorabilia
Lansing River History Museum Lansing East Maritime information, includes exhibits about steam-boating, commercial fishing, pearl button industry and ice harvesting
La Porte City FFA Historical and AG Museum La Porte City Central History website, antiques, local memorabilia
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum Burr Oak East Biographical website, childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lenoir Model Train Museum Cedar Falls East Railroad website, operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society
Lewelling Quaker Museum Salem East Historic house website, station on the Underground Railroad
Liberty Hall, Iowa Lamoni Central Historic house website, 1880s Victorian home of Joseph Smith III, president of Community of Christ
Lidtke Mill Lime Springs North Mill Water-powered grist mill
Little Red School House (Iowa) Cedar Falls East School website, operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society
Living History Farms Museum Urbandale Central Living Farm life in the years of 1700, 1850 and 1900 and 1875 small town life
Loren D. Callendar Gallery Sioux City West Local history website, operated by Sioux City Public Museum, local history exhibits gallery located in City Hall
Louisa County Heritage Center Wapello East Local history information, operated by the Louisa County Historical Society
MacNider Art Museum Mason City Central Art American art and life, special collection of Bil Baird marionettes, hand puppets and ephemera
Madison County Historical Complex Winterset Central Open air website, includes Madison County Historical Museum, Bevington-Kaser Mansion, Winterset Train Depot, Zion Church, Field Mercantile Store, Stone Barn
Madrid Historical Museum Madrid Central Local history website, operated by the Madrid Historical Society, includes doll collection and replica underground coal mine
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Boone Central Biographical website, operated by the Boone County Historical Society, birthplace of Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight Eisenhower
Marble Rock Museum Marble Rock Central Local history website, operated by the Marble Rock Historical Society
Marion County Historical Village & Museum Knoxville Central Open air information
Marion Heritage Center Marion East Local history website, operated by the Marion Historical Society
Marquette Depot Museum Marquette East Railroad information
Marshall Center School Cedar Falls East School website, part of University of Northern Iowa, 1920s period one-room school
Marshall County Historical Museum Marshalltown Central Local history website, operated by the Historical Society of Marshall County
Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center Gladbrook Central Art website, contains a museum with scaled models of lifelike sculptures, intricate machines, and world renown architecture made from matchsticks
Mathias Ham House Dubuque East Historic house 1856 Victorian period house, 1833 settler's log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse, operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Haverhill Central Historic house website, operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, early 20th century blacksmith shop
Maysville Schoolhouse Hampton Central School information
McCallum Museum Sibley West Local history information, information, operated by the Osceola County Historical Society
McGregor Historical Museum McGregor East Local history website, operated by the McGregor Historical Society
McHenry House Denison West Historic house Operated by the Crawford County Historical Society, Victorian period home
Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining and Heritage Museum Melcher-Dallas Central Mining information, reconstructed coal mine and mining exhibits
Meredith Willson Museum Mason City Central Biographical website, boyhood home and museum about composer Meredith Willson
Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum Tama East Native American website
Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation Sioux City West Aviation & Transportation website
Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums Mount Pleasant East Open air Includes Midwest Electric Railway, rural life period displays, agriculture tools and equipment, dolls, printing presses, theater museum, steam and gas engines and more
Mills County Historical Museum Glenwood West Open air information, operated by the Mills County Historical Society
Monona County Historical Museum Onawa West Local history information, operated by the Loess Hills Historical Society
Monona County Veteran's Memorial Museum Onawa West Military website
Monona Historical Museum Monona East Local history website, operated by the Monona Historical Society
Monroe County Historical Museum Albia Central Local history information
Montauk Mansion Clermont Central Historic house website, photos, operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, home of Iowa's 12th governor, William Larrabee
Montgomery County History Center Red Oak West Local history website, operated by the Montgomery County Historical Society
Moulton Historical Society Moulton South Local history information
Muscatine Art Center Muscatine East Art website
Muscatine History & Industry Center Muscatine East Local history website, formerly the Pearl Button Museum
Museum of Danish America Elk Horn West Ethnic History and culture of the Danish-American experience
Museum of Religious Arts Logan West Art website, religious meanings expressed through art
National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame Indianola Central Sports website, exhibits history of ballooning and memorabilia
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Cedar Rapids East Ethnic Czech and Slovak history and culture
National Farm Toy Museum Dyersville Central Toy Toy farm equipment
National Hobo Museum Britt Central Culture website, hobo artifacts collection
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Dubuque East Maritime Operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society, aquarium, historic boats and Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum with cultural and natural history exhibits
National Motorcycle Museum (Anamosa, IA) Anamosa East Transportation Motorcycles and memorabilia
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Knoxville Central Automotive
Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum Oskaloosa Central Open air website, operated by the Mahaska County Historical Society, mid-19th-century farmhouse, farm and other historic buildings
Nishna Heritage Museum Oakland West Local history Facebook site, information, operated by the Oakland Historical Society
Nodaway Valley Museum Clarinda West Open air website, local history, historic household items, farm equipment
North Lee County Historical Museum Fort Madison East Open air website
Octagon Center for the Arts Ames Central Art website
Old Bradford Pioneer Village Museum Nashua East Open air website, includes a log cabin, one-room school, cottage, general store, doctor's office, toy shop, church and jail
Old Capitol Museum Iowa City Central Multiple Part of the University of Iowa, changing history, art, culture exhibits
Old Creamery Museum Northwood Central History website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society, 19th century period household tools and antiques
Old Fort Madison Fort Madison East Living website, 1812 period frontier fur trading post
Old Jail Museum Dubuque East Prison Operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society, also local history artifacts
Old Stone House Hampton Central Historic house Operated by the Franklin County Historical Society by appointment, mid 19th-century farmhouse
Olson/Linn Museum & Villisca Axe Murder House Villisca West Multiple website, museum with antique vehicles, farm equipment and displays of rural life, and historic house where several people were murdered in 1912
Oxford Junction Heritage Museum Oxford Junction East Local history website
Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History Davenport East Medical website, part of Palmer College of Chiropractic
Parker Museum Spencer West Local history website, includes Clay County Fair Museum
Pat Clark Art Collection Iowa Falls Central Art website, part of Ellsworth Community College
Pearson Lakes Art Center Okoboji West Art website
Pella Historical Village Pella Central Open air website, operated by the Pella Historical Society, over 20 historic buildings in a Dutch village setting and the Vermeer Mill
Pine Creek Gristmill Muscatine East Mill Located in Wildcat Den State Park
Pixley Log House Northwood Central Historic house website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society, restored 1870s period log home and furnishings
Pleasant Hill Village Hampton Central Living website, operated by the Franklin County Historical Society during the Franklin County Fair in mid-July
Plum Grove Historic House Iowa City Central Historic house Operated by the Johnson County Historical Society
Plymouth County Historical Museum Le Mars West Local history information
Porter House Museum Decorah East Historic house website, includes collection of exotic butterflies
Prairie Learning Center Prairie City Central Natural history website, museum and education center for the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Prairie Trails Museum Corydon Central History website
Putnam Museum Davenport East Natural history
Quasdorf Blacksmith and Wagon Museum Dows Central History Operated by the Dows Historical Society
Quasqueton Area Historical Society Museum Quasqueton East Local history website
RailsWest Railroad Museum Council Bluffs West Railroad Operated by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, railroad depot museum and model railroad display, outdoor railroad car displays
Ray House Vinton East Historic house website, operated by the Benton County Historical Society
REA Power Plant Museum Hampton Central Technology Operated by the Franklin County Historical Society, former power plant, exhibits show changes in farm life after the electrification of rural America
River Music Experience Davenport East Music America's music, especially the music of the Mississippi River
Roland Museum Roland Central Local history website, operated by the Roland Historical Society
Rural Free Delivery Museum Morning Sun East History website, historic post office display
Russell (Iowa) Historical Society Museum Russell Central Local history website
Salisbury House Des Moines Central Historic house 1920s manor home
Samuel F. Miller House and Museum Keokuk East Historic house Operated by the Lee County Historical Society
Sanford Museum & Planetarium Cherokee West Multiple website, local history, natural history, art, archaeology, paleontology, geology
Schield International Museum Waverly East Local history information
Science Center Cedar Rapids East Science website, located in the Lindale Mall
Schildberg Antique Car Museum Greenfield West Automotive information, open by appointment and for special local events
Scholte House Museum Pella Central Historic house website, mid-19th century 20 room house of Dutch pioneers
Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Central Science website
Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center Sioux City West Maritime Historic inspection boat of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, exhibits on Lewis and Clark Expedition and Missouri River transportation
Shelby County Historical Museum Harlan West Local history information
Shell Rock Historical Museum Shell Rock East Local history website, information
Sioux City Art Center Sioux City West Art
Sioux City Public Museum Sioux City West Local history City history, culture, agriculture, transportation
Sioux City Railroad Museum Sioux City West Railroad website
Squirrel Cage Jail Council Bluffs West Prison Operated by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, railroad depot museum and model railroad display
St. Ansgar Heritage Museum St. Ansgar Central Local history information
State Historical Museum of Iowa Des Moines Central History Operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa
Stockman House Mason City Central Historic house 1908 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Story City Museum Story City Central Local history Facebook page, operated by the Story City Historical Society, includes a Victorian house, pre-Civil War school house and two exhibit buildings
Swedish American Museum (Iowa) Swedesburg East Open air website, operated by the Swedish Heritage Society
Swensrud School Northwood Central School website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society
Tama County Museum Tama East Local history information
Taylor#4 School Marshalltown Central School website, operated by the Historical Society of Marshall County by appointment
Terrace Hill Des Moines Central Historic house Official residence of the Governor of Iowa
Todd House Tabor West Historic house Operated by the Tabor Historical Society, mid 19th-century house with exhibits about the town's involvement with the Underground Railroad
Toolesboro Indian Mounds Toolesboro East Native American Operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, group of Hopewell mounds and education center
Traer Museum Traer Central Local history information, open by appointment
Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs West Railroad website, exhibits on the Union Pacific Railroad, development of the railroad and the American West
University Museum, Iowa Cedar Falls East Natural history website, part of University of Northern Iowa, geology, biology, history, anthropology
University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame Iowa City Central Hall of fame Legendary and influential Iowa Hawkeye sports heroes
University of Iowa Medical Museum Iowa City Central Medical website
University of Iowa Museum of Art Iowa City Central Art Collections include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jade and silver
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History Iowa City Central Natural history Includes birds, mammals, and Native American artifacts
University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art Cedar Falls East Art Collection includes American and European art
Ushers Ferry Historic Village Cedar Rapids East Living website, 1908 historic village
Van Buren Historical Society Museum Van Buren East Local history website
Vander Haag's Yesterday's Memories Sanborn West History website, open by appointment, historic cars, trucks, tools, toys, dresses, household items
Vermeer Museum Pella Central Technology website, history of the Vermeer Company, manufacturer of agricultural, environmental and construction equipment
Vernon Schoolhouse Dows Central School website, operated by the Dows Historical Society
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Decorah East Cultural
Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum Cedar Falls East Historic house website, operated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society, late 19th century Victorian home and museum of local history
Voas Nature Area & Museum Minburn Central Natural history website, 372 acre park with museum of rocks, fossils and minerals
Wabash Depot Museum Moravia South Railroad information
Wagaman Mill Museum Lynnville Central Mill website, operated by the Lynnville Historical Society
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery Waverly East Art website, part of Wartburg College
Wallace House Museum Des Moines Central Biographical Life of the Wallace Family, farm leaders
Walnut Grove Pioneer Village Long Grove East Open air 1860s village with 18 historic buildings
Wapello County Historical Museum Ottumwa Central Local history information
Wapsipinicon Mill Independence Central Mill website, operated by the Buchanan County Historical Society, 1870s grist mill and artifacts
Waterloo Center for the Arts Waterloo East Art website
Watson's Grocery Store Museum State Center Central History information
Wayland Museum Wayland East Local history website
Western Historic Trails Center Council Bluffs West History website, operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, exhibits about four western expansion trails: Lewis & Clark, Mormon Pioneer, California and Oregon
Wilder Memorial Museum Strawberry Point East Commodity website, includes over 800 dolls, 40 Victorian lamps, European figurines, farm tools, toy tractors
Winfield Historical Society Museum Winfield East Local history website
Wisecup Family Farm Museum Missouri Valley West Agriculture information, antique farm equipment, tractors, tools, transportation
Witter Gallery Storm Lake West Art website
Worth County Machinery Museum Northwood Central Agriculture website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society, farming machinery and equipment
Worth County Museum Northwood Central Local history website, operated by the Worth County Historical Society, local history exhibits and late 19th century period room displays
Young Museum Bellevue East Historic house website, turn-of-the-20th-century period house

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