CURRENT HOURS: Closed for touring, Open by reservation for Programs and Events

First Time Visitors

How to Visit

Welcome! A visit to Living History Farms is an interactive, outdoor museum experience at your own pace. Visitors will find historic interpreters in period clothing at three working farm sites and the town of Walnut Hill. Museum guides share unique insight and historical information about the time period they represent, and offer various demonstrations throughout the day.

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. If you have concerns about mobility or walking the full route, please speak with our staff when you arrive, or contact us in advance at 515-278-5286. Click here for additional information about Accessibility.

Hours and Admission

2020 Visitor Guide with Map

View the Visitor Code of Conduct

Depending on how much time you have, make it a full day by touring all of the sites or choose your favorites for a shorter visit:

 Historic Flynn MansionTown and Farm Visit

The complete Town and Farm experience includes the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill plus three working farm sites representing three different periods in Iowa’s history. We recommend 3-5 hours to fully experience everything Living History Farms has to offer:

  • 1700 Indian Farm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm
  • 1900 Horse Powered Farm
  • Blacksmith and Broom Maker
  • Church of the Land and New Hope Cemetery
  • Drug Store, General Store and Millinery
  • Flynn Mansion and Flynn Barn
  • visitors and a mule at the 1900 farmPrint Shop
  • Professional sites: Law Office, Doctor’s Office, Bank, Vet Clinic
  • Schoolhouse
  • Tangen Home and Implement Dealer

If you don’t have time to see everything, you can choose to visit either the Farm or Town sites as listed below.

Farm Sites

  • 1700 Indian Farm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm
  • 1900 Horse Powered Farm

Farm sites are accessible by a tractor cart ride (included with admission). We recommend 2-3 hours to visit farm sites and allow time for the tractor cart ride.

Town Sites

  • Blacksmith and Broom Maker
  • Church of the Land and New Hope Cemeterygirl using bellows in blacksmith shop
  • Drug Store, General Store and Millinery
  • Flynn Mansion and Flynn Barn
  • Print Shop
  • Professional sites: Law Office, Doctor’s Office, Bank, Vet Clinic
  • Schoolhouse
  • Tangen Home and Implement Dealer

We recommend 1-2 hours to explore town sites.

 

Food Options

Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and beverage to enjoy at Living History Farms. For your convenience, our Snack Shop is located at the north end of the Flynn Mansion, and offers beverages and a rotating variety of snacks such as chips, candies, and ice cream treats. Find seating at the picnic shelter, outside the Snack Shop, and near the Visitor Center.

Snack Shop Hours

Open Monday through Saturday, 11am – 3pm

 

Apply your admission towards a membership, come back for free!

Did you know you can apply the cost of admission to a membership purchase and get a year’s worth of free admission to the Farms? This offer ends once you leave, so visit the MarketPlace Museum Store or Admissions to take advantage of this great offer!