CURRENT HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4p.m.

Group Reservations

Group pricing is available for groups of 12 or more. To get started, fill out the group tour interest 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 five hours to visit all the sites, but groups with just a couple of hours to spend can choose to visit either farms sites or town sites for a shorter stay. Visitors receive a short orientation and a map at the Visitor Center.

Tractor carts transport visitors to the beginning of the “300 Year Walk” of historical farm sites including the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm. Visitors walk between farms sites along an unpaved trail which is just under one mile long. An abbreviated route is available upon request. For additional information please visit our Accessibility page.

Fill out the Group Tour Interest Form

interpreters at tangen homeTown and Farm Visit (3-5 hours)

Our General Visit includes all three farms and the town of Walnut Hill.

1900 Farm Visit (2-4 hours)

The 1900 Farm Visit is ideal for a group with time restrictions or mobility limitations. This visit includes the town of Walnut Hill and the 1900 Farm while omitting 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 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
  • 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



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

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