CURRENT HOURS: Events and Programs are currently cancelled thru April 17. Offices are closed thru March 31; Employees are working remotely and available by phone and email.

Group Reservations

Group pricing is available for groups of 12 or more. To book your visit, fill out the reservation form at least two weeks in advance.

visitors at 1850 farmGroup Touring Options

Guests can move from site to site at their own pace. Tours are self-guided, but visitors will encounter historic interpreters throughout the museum at each of our working farms and in our historic town. These museum guides will offer information about the respective time period they represent and answer questions for visitors. Groups are free to split up to pursue different areas of the museum, or remain together as they explore our historic sites. Most groups spend between three and six hours to visit all the sites, but groups with just a couple of hours to spend can be accommodated. Visitors receive a short orientation and a map at the Visitor Center. Tractor carts are available for transportation from the 1876 town of Walnut Hill to the beginning of the “300 Year Walk” through historical farm sites. The walking tour of these farms is just less than one mile along a beautiful wooded path.

Make a Group Tour Reservation

interpreters at tangen homeGeneral Visit (3-5 hours)

Our General Visit includes all three farms, the town of Walnut Hill, and the Wallace Exhibit Center.

1900 Farm Visit (2-4 hours)

The 1900 Farm Visit is ideal for a group with time or mobility limitations. This visit includes the town of Walnut Hill, 1900 Farm and Wallace Exhibit Center, and omits the 1700 Ioway Farm and 1850 Pioneer Farm, along with the majority of the walking.

flynn mansionTown Visit (1-2 hours)

Our Town Visit includes all town sites including the Flynn Mansion and Victorian Tangen Home.


  • Free Paved Motorcoach Parking
  • Group Discount for 12+ Guests
  • MarketPlace Museum Store on site
  • Fuel and Dump Station – 2 miles
  • Adjacent Lodging and Dining
  • Easy Interstate Access
  • Visitor Center with restrooms
  • On site Snack Shop (May, September & October – Open Fridays & Saturday, 11:30-2:30, June to August – Open Mondays to Saturdays, 11:30-2:30) and vending machines throughout the museum
  • First come, first served picnic area located near the Visitor Center, free for all visitors
  • Boxed lunches available for pre-order upon request
  • Come and go from the museum all day (out to lunch, for example) – just keep your admission sticker for re-admittance
  • Shaded rest areas along walking tour
  • Limited number of wheelchairs, free of charge

Pre-order Boxed Lunches

Save time and hassle by pre-ordering your lunch from Living History Farms.

Order Boxed Lunches


If you have questions, please email or call 515.278.5286 ext. 158.

Teachers and Homeschool Groups

Are you a teacher or homeschool group coordinator? K-12 reservation info / Homeschool group reservation info