Museums in Iowa

Name Location Region Area of study
4-H Schoolhouse Museum Clarion Central School
Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin Arnolds Park West Historic house
Ackley Heritage Center Ackley Central Local history
Adair County Heritage Museum Greenfield West Open air
African American Museum of Iowa Cedar Rapids East African American
Airpower Museum Ottumwa Central Aviation
Albert City Historical Museum Albert City West Local history
Allamakee County Historical Museum Waukon East Local history
Alton Museum of History and Art Alton West Local history
Altoona Area Historical Society Altoona Central Local history
Amana Community Church Homestead East Religious
Amana Heritage Museum Amana East Religious
American Gothic House Eldon Central Art
Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum Anamosa East Law enforcement
Ankeny Area Historical Society Ankeny Central Local history
Ankeny Art Center Ankeny Central Art
Antique Car Museum of Iowa Coralville East Automotive
Antique Tractor Showcase Carlisle Downtown Tractor
Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum Centerville South Mining
Armstrong Heritage Museum Armstrong West Local history
Audubon Public Library & Cultural Center Audubon West Doll
B.J. and Mabel Palmer Mansion Davenport East Historic house
Bartlett Museum & Carriage House Story City Central Historic house
Bedstemor’s House Elk Horn West Historic house
Behrens-Rapp Service Station Museum and Tourist Center Cedar Falls East Local history
Belle Plaine Area Museum Belle Plaine East Local history
Belmond Museum Belmond Central Local history
Big Creek Historical Society Polk City Central Local history
Bily Clocks Museum & Antonín Dvořák Exhibit Spillville East Multiple
Blanden Memorial Art Museum Fort Dodge Central Art
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum Le Mars West Food
Bob Feller Museum Van Meter Central Biographical
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Boone Central Railroad
Boone County Historical Center Boone Central Local history
Bremer County Historical Society Museum Waverly East Local history
Brucemore Cedar Rapids East Historic house
Brunnier Art Museum Ames Central Art
Buena Vista County Historical Society Storm Lake West Local history
Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead Scott County Central Biographical
Buffalo Bill Museum LeClaire East Biographical
Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum Red Oak West Military
Butler County Museum Allison Central Local history
Calkins Square Wyoming East Historic house
Camanche Depot & Museum Camanche East Local history
Camp Algona POW Museum Algona West History
Carlisle Area Historical Society Carlisle Central Local history
Carnegie Cultural Center New Hampton East Local history
Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum Charles City Central Biographical
Carstens 1880 Farmstead Shelby West Agriculture
Carter House Museum Elkader East Historic house
Cass County Museum Griswold West Local history
Cedar County Historical Society Museum Tipton East Local history
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Cedar Rapids East Art
Cedar Rock State Park Quasqueton East Historic house
Central Community Historical Society Museum DeWitt East Local history
Christian Petersen Art Museum Ames Central Art
Clay Castle Museum Madrid Central Doll
Clermont Museum Clermont East Local history
Clinton County Historical Museum Clinton East Local history
Clinton Sawmill Museum Camanche East Forestry
Columbus Community Heritage Center Columbus East Local history
Communal Agriculture Museum South Amana East Agriculture
Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum Middle Amana East History
Conrad Heritage Hall and Museum Conrad East Local history
Country Life Center Orient Central Biographical
Country School Museum Lake Mills Central School
Curtis Mansion Clinton East Historic house
Dairy Center Calmar Central Agriculture
Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum Waterloo East Sports
Danish Immigrant Museum Elk Horn West Ethnic
Danish Windmill Museum Elk Horn West Mill
DeBoer Grocery Museum Ashton West Local history
Delaware County Historical Museum Complex Hopkinton East Open air
Depot and Rail Museum Vinton East Railroad
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines Central Art
Des Moines County Historical Society Museum Burlington East Open air
Dexter Historical Museum Dexter Central Local history
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Sioux City West Natural history
Dover Museum, Iowa New London East Local history
Dow House Dow City West Historic house
Dubuque Museum of Art Dubuque East Art
Dumont Museum Sigourney East Agriculture
Edinburgh Historic Village and Museum Scotch Grove East Open air
Effigy Mounds National Monument Marquette East Native American
Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex Estherville West Open air
Family Museum Bettendorf East Science
Farm House Museum Ames Central Historic house
Farmall-Land U.S.A. Avoca West Agriculture
Farnham Gallery Indianola Central Art
Faulconer Gallery Grinnell East Art
Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center Clinton East Children's
Figge Art Museum Davenport East Art
Floyd County Museum Charles City Central Local history
Forest Park Museum and Arboretum Perry Central Open air
Fort Atkinson State Preserve Decorah East Military
Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center Des Moines Central Military
Fort Museum Fort Dodge Central Open air
Fossil & Prairie Center Rockford Central Natural history
Franklin County Historical Museum Hampton Central Local history
Franklin Pearson House Keosauqua East Historic house
French Icarian Colony Living History Museum Corning West Living
Froelich Village McGregor East Open air
Garnavillo Historical Museum Garnavillo East Open air
George M. Verity River Museum Keokuk East Maritime
George Maier Rural Heritage Center Elkader East Rural
George Wyth House Cedar Falls East Historic house
German-American Heritage Center Davenport East Ethnic
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Elgin East Multiple
Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum Clarinda West Biographical
Glick-Sower House Marshalltown Central Historic house
Grafton Heritage Depot Grafton Central Railroad
Granger House Museum Marion East Historic house
Grant Wood Art Gallery Anamosa East Art
Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum Shenandoah West Local history
Greene County Historical Museum Jefferson Central Local history
Greene Historical Museum Greene Central Local history
Grinnell Historical Museum Grinnell East Historic house
Grout Museum Waterloo East Multiple
Grundy County Heritage Museum Morrison Central Local history
Guthrie County Historical Village Panora Central Open air
Hanlontown Community Bank Museum Hanlontown Central Local history
Hardin County Farm Museum Eldora Central Agriculture
Harker House (Storm Lake, Iowa) Storm Lake West Historic house
Harlan-Lincoln House Mount Pleasant East Historic house
Harriman Nielsen Farm Hampton Central Historic house
Harrison County Historical Village Missouri Valley West Open air
Hearst Center for the Arts Cedar Falls East Art
Heartland Acres Agribition Center Independence Central Agriculture
Heartland Museum Clarion Central Agriculture
Hemken Collection Williams Central Automotive
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site West Branch East Biographical
Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes Okoboji West Numismatic
Historic General Dodge House Council Bluffs West Historic house
History Center Cedar Rapids East Local history
Hitchcock House Lewis West Historic house
Hitchcock Nature Center Honey Creek West Natural history
Hockett House Museum Earlham Central Historic house
Hoggatt School Ames Central School
Homestead Blacksmith Shop Homestead East History
Homestead Store Museum Homestead East History
Horridge House Vinton East Historic house
Hotel Williams Wyoming East Local history
Humboldt County Museum Humboldt West Open air
Ice House Museum Cedar Falls East History
Independence State Hospital Independence Central Medical
Indian Creek Historical Museum Hastings West Local history
International Fire Museum Davenport East Firefighting
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Walcott East Transportation
Iowa Aviation Museum Greenfield West Aviation
Iowa Children's Museum Coralville East Children's
Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Strawberry Point East History
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Johnston Central Military
Iowa Masonic Library and Museum Cedar Rapids East History
Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Museum Arnolds Park West Music
Iowa State Capitol Des Moines Central History
Iowa Transportation Museum Grinnell East Transportation
Jackson County Historical Museum Maquoketa East Local history
Jasper County Historical Museum Newton Central Open air
Jefferson Telephone Museum Jefferson Central Technology
Jenison-Meacham Memorial Art Center and Farm Belmond Central Open air
John L. Lewis Memorial Museum of Mining and Labor Lucas Central Mining
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Winterset Central Biographical
Johnson County Historical Society Museum Coralville East Local history
Jordan House Museum Des Moines Central Historic house
Kalona Historical Village Kalona East Open air
Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum Kalona East Textile
Kate Shelley Railroad Museum Moingona Central Biographical
Kellogg, Iowa Historical Museum Kellogg East Open air
Kensett Community Church Museum Kensett Central Local history
Kinney Pioneer Museum Mason City Central Open air
Kiwanis Railroad Depot Museum Complex Onawa West Railroad
Kline Museum Prescott West Transportation
La Porte City FFA Historical and AG Museum La Porte City Central History
Lansing River History Museum Lansing East Maritime
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum Burr Oak East Biographical
Lenoir Model Train Museum Cedar Falls East Railroad
Lewelling Quaker Museum Salem East Historic house
Liberty Hall, Iowa Lamoni Central Historic house
Lidtke Mill Lime Springs North Mill
Little Red School House (Iowa) Cedar Falls East School
Living History Farms Museum Urbandale Central Living
Loren D. Callendar Gallery Sioux City West Local history
Louisa County Heritage Center Wapello East Local history
MacNider Art Museum Mason City Central Art
Madison County Historical Complex Winterset Central Open air
Madrid Historical Museum Madrid Central Local history
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Boone Central Biographical
Marble Rock Museum Marble Rock Central Local history
Marion County Historical Village & Museum Knoxville Central Open air
Marion Heritage Center Marion East Local history
Marquette Depot Museum Marquette East Railroad
Marshall Center School Cedar Falls East School
Marshall County Historical Museum Marshalltown Central Local history
Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center Gladbrook Central Art
Mathias Ham House Dubuque East Historic house
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Haverhill Central Historic house
Maysville Schoolhouse Hampton Central School
McCallum Museum Sibley West Local history
McGregor Historical Museum McGregor East Local history
McHenry House Denison West Historic house
Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining and Heritage Museum Melcher-Dallas Central Mining
Meredith Willson Museum Mason City Central Biographical
Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum Tama East Native American
Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation Sioux City West Aviation & Transportation
Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums Mount Pleasant East Open air
Mills County Historical Museum Glenwood West Open air
Monona County Historical Museum Onawa West Local history
Monona County Veteran's Memorial Museum Onawa West Military
Monona Historical Museum Monona East Local history
Monroe County Historical Museum Albia Central Local history
Montauk Mansion Clermont Central Historic house
Montgomery County History Center Red Oak West Local history
Moulton Historical Society Moulton South Local history
Muscatine Art Center Muscatine East Art
Muscatine History & Industry Center Muscatine East Local history
Museum of Religious Arts Logan West Art
National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame Indianola Central Sports
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Cedar Rapids East Ethnic
National Farm Toy Museum Dyersville Central Toy
National Hobo Museum Britt Central Culture
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Dubuque East Maritime
National Motorcycle Museum (Anamosa, IA) Anamosa East Transportation
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Knoxville Central Automotive
Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum Oskaloosa Central Open air
Nishna Heritage Museum Oakland West Local history
Nodaway Valley Museum Clarinda West Open air
North Lee County Historical Museum Fort Madison East Open air
Octagon Center for the Arts Ames Central Art
Old Bradford Pioneer Village Museum Nashua East Open air
Old Capitol Museum Iowa City Central Multiple
Old Creamery Museum Northwood Central History
Old Fort Madison Fort Madison East Living
Old Jail Museum Dubuque East Prison
Old Stone House Hampton Central Historic house
Olson/Linn Museum & Villisca Axe Murder House Villisca West Multiple
Oxford Junction Heritage Museum Oxford Junction East Local history
Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History Davenport East Medical
Parker Museum Spencer West Local history
Pat Clark Art Collection Iowa Falls Central Art
Pearson Lakes Art Center Okoboji West Art
Pella Historical Village Pella Central Open air
Pine Creek Gristmill Muscatine East Mill
Pixley Log House Northwood Central Historic house
Pleasant Hill Village Hampton Central Living
Plum Grove Historic House Iowa City Central Historic house
Plymouth County Historical Museum Le Mars West Local history
Porter House Museum Decorah East Historic house
Prairie Learning Center Prairie City Central Natural history
Prairie Trails Museum Corydon Central History
Putnam Museum Davenport East Natural history
Quasdorf Blacksmith and Wagon Museum Dows Central History
Quasqueton Area Historical Society Museum Quasqueton East Local history
RailsWest Railroad Museum Council Bluffs West Railroad
Ray House Vinton East Historic house
REA Power Plant Museum Hampton Central Technology
River Music Experience Davenport East Music
Roland Museum Roland Central Local history
Rural Free Delivery Museum Morning Sun East History
Russell (Iowa) Historical Society Museum Russell Central Local history
Salisbury House Des Moines Central Historic house
Samuel F. Miller House and Museum Keokuk East Historic house
Sanford Museum & Planetarium Cherokee West Multiple
Schield International Museum Waverly East Local history
Schildberg Antique Car Museum Greenfield West Automotive
Scholte House Museum Pella Central Historic house
Science Center Cedar Rapids East Science
Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Central Science
Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center Sioux City West Maritime
Shelby County Historical Museum Harlan West Local history
Shell Rock Historical Museum Shell Rock East Local history
Sioux City Art Center Sioux City West Art
Sioux City Public Museum Sioux City West Local history
Sioux City Railroad Museum Sioux City West Railroad
Squirrel Cage Jail Council Bluffs West Prison
St. Ansgar Heritage Museum St. Ansgar Central Local history
State Historical Museum of Iowa Des Moines Central History
Stockman House Mason City Central Historic house
Story City Museum Story City Central Local history
Swedish American Museum (Iowa) Swedesburg East Open air
Swensrud School Northwood Central School
Tama County Museum Tama East Local history
Taylor#4 School Marshalltown Central School
Terrace Hill Des Moines Central Historic house
Todd House Tabor West Historic house
Toolesboro Indian Mounds Toolesboro East Native American
Traer Museum Traer Central Local history
Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs West Railroad
University Museum, Iowa Cedar Falls East Natural history
University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame Iowa City Central Hall of fame
University of Iowa Medical Museum Iowa City Central Medical
University of Iowa Museum of Art Iowa City Central Art
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History Iowa City Central Natural history
University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art Cedar Falls East Art
Ushers Ferry Historic Village Cedar Rapids East Living
Van Buren Historical Society Museum Van Buren East Local history
Vander Haag's Yesterday's Memories Sanborn West History
Vermeer Museum Pella Central Technology
Vernon Schoolhouse Dows Central School
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Decorah East Cultural
Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum Cedar Falls East Historic house
Voas Nature Area & Museum Minburn Central Natural history
Wabash Depot Museum Moravia South Railroad
Wagaman Mill Museum Lynnville Central Mill
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery Waverly East Art
Wallace House Museum Des Moines Central Biographical
Walnut Grove Pioneer Village Long Grove East Open air
Wapello County Historical Museum Ottumwa Central Local history
Wapsipinicon Mill Independence Central Mill
Waterloo Center for the Arts Waterloo East Art
Watson's Grocery Store Museum State Center Central History
Wayland Museum Wayland East Local history
Western Historic Trails Center Council Bluffs West History
Wilder Memorial Museum Strawberry Point East Commodity
Winfield Historical Society Museum Winfield East Local history
Wisecup Family Farm Museum Missouri Valley West Agriculture
Witter Gallery Storm Lake West Art
Worth County Machinery Museum Northwood Central Agriculture
Worth County Museum Northwood Central Local history
Young Museum Bellevue East Historic house