Street Address
402 West Bremer Ave
Waverly, IA 50677
Mailing Address
402 West Bremer Ave
Waverly, IA 50677
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Tuesday - Thursday1 PM - 4 PM
Friday - Saturday1 PM - 4:30 PM
Adults: $5
Ages (13-17): $2
Ages under 12: $1
Group Tours
Jan Heinemann, Curator
phone: 319-352-1309


First large hotel and stagecoach stop in the area, built in 1862. Houses pioneer artifacts of Bremer County.

The museum building was originally the Daily House Hotel, built in 1862 from native lumber and locally fired brick. It was later renamed the Waverly House Hotel.


The BCHS aims to preserve and promote interest in, and knowledge of, the links between Bremer County's past, its present and the future. The society is all about tracing the trail of people, events and artifacts that brought us--literally and figuratively--to where we are today.

Artifacts Collections

The Bremer County Historical Society is much more than collections of old "stuff." We are a clearing house for information about old and largely forgotten villages and post offices; cemeteries and genealogy; notable citizens of days past, including town and county founders and other early settlers; economic history of the county and how things have changed; railroads; the Waverly airbase; history of individual towns within the county; and topics too numerous to list.

Educational Programs

We are also a source of speakers for meetings or special occasions. We encourage teachers to bring their classes to the museum or we can come to school. Getting kids interested in local history is a key to maintaining the link between past and present. Look for the museum to become much more involved in the schools in the next few years.


Board of Directors

The museum is owned, operated and maintained by the Bremer County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers from around Bremer County, Iowa.


We make sure we maintain close ties with local libraries and other museums, so if we don't have or know something, we know where to get help. The BCHS: one-stop shopping for all your historical needs!


Appointment required: No


Wheelchair access first floor only

Wheelchair Accessible


Looking for information, a speaker or a particular item? Call 319-352-1309 or email We'll get to work to help you find what you're looking for.

Group Tours