Best Kept Secret in Iowa....
Take a journey into Central Iowa's past and visit the museum in Maxwell, an exceptional collection of thousands of artifacts of our heritage.
The museum, operating since 1964, boasts three building complex including two century old main street buildings and a machine shed complete with farm implements.
Since 1964 we've welcomed visitors to explore our authentic museum. Inside the walls of our three buildings, visitors have discovered the treasure of over 10,000 artifacts used to tell the history of this central Iowa area. Through the generous donations of our patrons, we continue to depict our rich heritage in a way that all ages can enjoy.
Inside the museum there is so much to see and do. Go back in time and see the general store, church, schoolroom, jail and post office. Visit 1880's bedroom, kitchen and parlor. Marvel at the wedding dress collection featuring a dress from 1893. Enjoy the farm machinery, Civil War and military displays, natural history collections and much,much more.
Our South Building Features:
Rocks, Fossils, and Geodes
Our North Building Contains:
Military Memorabilia and Uniforms
Quilts and Coverlets
Wedding and Graduation Dresses
Douglas Law Office
Complete Printing Shop
Open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sundays and Holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Arranged by Appointments
Call 515-382-4085 or
call city clerk at (515) 398-8655.
You can also write to
Maxwell, IA 50161
We Operate by Donations
We are staffed by Volunteers