Arnolds Park, Iowa
Location of the infamous Spirit Lake Massacre in 1857. Log cabin restored to 1856 appearance. Visitors Center with artifacts and film.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Culture, General, History, Library
Iowan history showcased via interactive exhibits and exciting educational programs. Because African American history is American history.
History, Historical Society
Famous as the backdrop of Grant Wood's 1930 painting, "American Gothic" Nice photo opportunity.
Art, History, Historic House, Specialized
Strike your own American Gothic pose in front of the house that inspired Iowa artist Grant Wood to begin his most famous painting. Costumes and pitch fork are provided by the American Gothic House Center!
The museum collects and preserves the history of the Anamosa State Penitentiary, and presents it to the public in a museum setting. Displays include information about current conditions as well as the history of this 135 year old prison that is Iowa's largest correctional facility. The museum is located in a prison building located adjacent to the prison. The museum building, and the entire prison, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Des Moines, Iowa
Exhibitions of fine arts including faculty, student and juried shows.
Displays of public art throughout the Iowa State University campus.
Community arts facility offering fine arts and crafts classes for all ages, changing fine arts exhibition and music and dramatic performances. Adapted 1868 church building in historic Heritage Hill District.
An unexpected wonder located in the scenic backroad country of northeast Iowa - not to be missed!
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Art, Children's, Culture, Historic House
The neoclassical building, which is on the national Register of Historic Places, is located in the interesting Oak Hill District of Fort Dodge. Along with with beauty and historical significance of the museum, the Blanden maintains a high standard of exhibition quality and dynamic spirit of community outreach in the visual arts. The museum is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to engage the community and foster creativity.
Children's, General, Science
A 'playground for the imagination", this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life. Visitors unravel the mysteries of motion with scientific experiments: Roll-A-Ball, Bernoulli Ball, and the hammer table. Science demonstrations are at 11:00am, 1:30 and 3:00pm on Saturdays, and include such topics as Creepy Crawlies, Combustion, Chemistry, Magic of Science, Snakes Alive, Kitchen Science, and Super Cold.
An operating historical railroad museum running on 11 miles of track across the Des Moines River Valley. Home to "The Iowan", the last commercially produced steam locomotive in the world
Displays, dioramas and collections that preserve the flavor and excitement of Boone County History. View items relating the Kate Shelley, coal mining, military and natural history.
Culture, History, Historic House, Historical Society
Please note new phone #. We now have a land line at our museum. We are not there every day during off season, but we check for messages every week or two.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Art, Culture, University
The Brunnier Art Museum is the state's only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the nation's few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Iowa State alumnus Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. The decorative arts collection they donated, the Brunnier Collection, is extensive, consisting of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals.
The stone house built by Buffalo bill's father has been restored to its original condition and furnished with antique furniture. Buffalo and Texas Longhorn cattle graze of the land surrounding the house.