Regional Museums and Centers

  • The University of Northern Iowa Museum, located right here on campus, is a museum designed for student use, and rotates several fascinating exhibits on a regular basis
  • The Grout Museum is a Northeast Iowa mainstay, proudly displaying and preserving the history of the region
  • Waterloo's John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum displays the history and development of John Deere & Company, as well as the history of the tractors themselves
  • The Ice House Museum teaches about the tradition of ice harvesting in an original 1921 ice house
  • The Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum allows visitors to walk through an 1880-1900s style Carriage House containing several household items and commonalities typical of the time period
  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, based in Waterloo, commemorates the history of wrestling, and was built in honor of Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic Games Gold-Medalist who was born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • The Little Red Schoolhouse, open May through mid-October, serves as a viewpoint into Iowa's early history in education
  • The Waterloo Center for the Arts serves to connect to the community through art and education
  • The Cedar Falls Historical Society aims to keep the city of Cedar Falls' heritage alive through outreach and educational opportunities, including their many museums
  • The Hearst Center for the Arts, formerly home to poet and farmer James Hearst, is a community arts center including galleries, a sculpture garden, and a performing arts facility
  • The State Historical Society of Iowa seeks to preserve and teach the history of Iowa, and provides a wealth of historical resources pertaining to Iowa's past