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9. Where can I go for exciting field trips centered on Iowa History?

Travel Iowa-Attractions
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.

The Amana Colonies
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. 

Herbert 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 prairie.   

Historical 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 volunteers. 

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.

Old Capitol
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 Capitol. 

Terrace Hill
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.

Vesterheim, Norwegian-American Museum
Decorah IA
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 upon request.

Copyright 2008 Iowa History Online.
Iowa's Research and Development School
Lynn Nielsen, Project Director
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA