House Museums & Open-Air Museums of Iowa Photos

House Museums are historic or architecturally important homes restored to a defined period of time & open for public tours. Open-Air Museums are collections of such houses in a village or neighborhood with the addition of farms, commercial or industrial buildings. A list of all house museums in the state follows the featured museums at the top.

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Dodge House Museum, Council Bluffs, IA Side yard facade of Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA Curved stair rail at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA Walnut bedroom set displayed at 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA
August Beresheim House, Council Bluffs, IA August Beresheim House part of Dodge Museum House complex. Council Bluffs, IA Antique cradle at Beresheim House. Council Bluffs, IA Westward Ho covered pressed glass compote with Buffalo by James Gillinder & Sons at Beresheim House. Council Bluffs, IA
Hoyt Sherman Mansion & Theater, Des Moines Hoyt Sherman Place. Des Moines, IA Golden grillwork of Hoyt Sherman Place Theater. Des Moines, IA Fireplace of Hoyt Sherman Mansion. Des Moines, IA
Iowa Governor's Mansion, Des Moines Terrace Hill Iowa Governor's Residence. Des Moines, IA
Herbert Hoover's Home Town, West Branch, IA Friends Meeting House where Hoover family worshipped. West Branch, IA Cradle perhaps used for Herbert Hoover displayed at Hoover National Historic Site. West Branch, IA
Amana Colonies Open Air Museum, Amana, IA Amana festhall barn. Amana, IA Antique bottles & utensils in High Amana Store. High Amana, IA
Frank Lloyd Wright's Stockman House, Mason City, IA Stockman House facade. Mason City, IA Stockman House. Mason City, IA
Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA

Other House Museums of Iowa
  • Albert City: Albert City Historical Museum
  • Amana: Amana Colonies
  • Ames: Farm House Museum
  • Arnolds Park: Abbie Gardner Historic Site
  • Audubon: Nathaniel Hamlin Museum
  • Bellevue: Young Museum
  • Boone: Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
  • Burlington: Hawkeye Log Cabin Museum
  • Burlington: Phelps House
  • Cedar Falls: Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum Cedar Falls Historical Society
  • Cedar Falls: Wyth House Museum / Cedar Falls Historical Society
  • Cedar Rapids: Brucemore
  • Clarinda: Glenn Miller Birthplace
  • Clermont: Montauk
  • Clinton: Clinton Women's Club
  • Council Bluffs: General Dodge House
  • Council Bluffs: August Beresheim House
  • Cresco: Kellow House
  • Dakota City: Humboldt County Historical Museum
  • Decorah: Porter House Museum
  • Denison: W.A. McHenry House
  • Des Moines: Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms
  • Des Moines: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • Des Moines: Salisbury House
  • Des Moines: Terrace Hill Historic Site & Governor's Mansion
  • Dow City: Dow House
  • Dubuque: Mathias Ham Historic Site
  • Dyersville: Dyer-Botsford House
  • Elk Horn: Bedstemor's (Grandmother's) House
  • Ellston: Cornwall Restored Pioneer Home
  • Emmetsburg: Victorian on Main Museum
  • Forest City: Lunstrum Swedish Immigrant Log Cabin
  • Garden Grove: J.J. McClung House
  • Grinnell: Grinnell Historical Museum
  • Hawarden: Historical House & Photo Exhibit
  • Ida Grove: Moorehead House Museum
  • Iowa City: Plum Grove Historic Home
  • Keokuk: Miller House Museum
  • Keosauqua: Pearson House
  • Lewis: Hitchcock House
  • Marion: Granger House Museum
  • Mason City: The George C. & Eleanor Stockman House
  • Mt. Pleasant: Harlan-Lincoln House Museum
  • Nevada: Dyer Dowell Victorian House
  • Odebolt: Peterson Pioneer House
  • Orient: Henry A. Wallace Birthplace
  • Palmer: Wiegert Prairie Farm
  • Parkersburg: Parkersburg Historical Home
  • Pella: Scholte House & Gardens
  • Pella: Van Spanckeren House aka Wyatt Earp House
  • Princeton: Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead
  • Quasqueton: Cedar Rock
  • Salem: Lewelling Quaker House
  • Tabor: The Todd House
  • Washington: Conger House Museum
  • Waterloo: Rensselaer Russell House Museum
  • West Branch: Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
  • West Des Moines: Jordan House
  • Winterset: John Wayne Birthplace
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