9. Where can I go for exciting
field trips centered on Iowa History?
For comprehensive and updated information on field trip venues
throughout the state of Iowa, go online to Travel
Iowa-Attractions This site will allow you to search by
city, region or venue. Each entry includes important information
including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and Websites.
The following Iowa locations also provide
field trips to thousands of students each year.
Historical sites available for tours include the Museum of Amana
History, Amana Community Church Museum, Communal Agriculture Museum,
Communal Kitchen and Coopershop Museum, Mini-Americana Barn Museum, and
Industrial Machine Shop Museum.
Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch IA
Tours of Hoover's birthplace, his father's blacksmith
shop, the Quaker meeting house, pioneer schoolhouse and the President's
gravesite are available in addition to 76 acres of
Museum of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
The Museum Education office plans, creates, and conducts tours,
programs, and instructional material. Educational guidebooks for the
exhibits are available. Information packets on Iowa History are also
sent to students upon request. Guided tours are offered to school and
youth groups by appointment throughout the year, with the exception of
the Months of March, April, and May.
The History Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
The History Center offers engaging educational field
trip programs for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. A
field trip lasts one to two hours and includes four to six interactive
stations with hands-on activities led by History Center staff and
Living History Farms
Des Moines, IA
Information on educational field trip
programs are available online including Enrichment Programs, School
Field Trips, and Onsite Outreach Programs.
Iowa City IA
The mission of the Old Capitol Museum is to
collect, preserve, interpret, and share with students and others in the
state and nation early Iowa history and its significance then, now, and
for the future. Tours available.
State Capitol Tours
Information available for tours of the State
Des Moines, IA
This 1869 opulent Victorian mansion, home of
Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F.
Allen, and restored to the late 1800s period. It overlooks downtown Des
Moines and is situated on eight and one-half acres with a re-created
Victorian formal garden. School tours available.
The museum's main building, built in 1877 as an
elegant hotel, is organized on a grand scale around the immigrant
theme, from life in Norway, through the Atlantic crossing, to life in
America, with complete Norwegian and pioneer homes and a breathtaking
ship gallery three stories high. Inside, visitors read the entire
history of a proud, courageous people in the beauty of Norwegian
textiles and traditional dress; in the lovely, sometimes fantastical
decorative painting called rosemaling; in the Spartan furniture and
house wares of early pioneer life; and the impressive fine art that
Norwegian-American culture eventually fostered. Group rates and
specialty tours can be arranged. A teacher's guide is available
Iowa History Online.
Iowa's Research and Development School
, Project Director
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
, Cedar Falls, IA