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Waterloo Center for the Arts

Midwest art including works by Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and Thomas Hart Benton; American decorative arts and international folk art; the largest public collection of Haitian art in the United States. Interactive youth gallery, gift store, performances, programs and classes.

Waterloo, IA Art Centers

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area

One of only 27 National Heritage Areas in the U.S., Silos & Smokestacks tells the story of American agriculture, agribusiness, and farm life through a network of sites, events and communities. The 37-county heritage area is bordered by the Mississippi River, I-80, and I-35

Waterloo, IA Historic Sites

Grout Museum of History & Science - Grout Museum District

History collection focuses on the period from 1933, when Iowa was opened for settlement, to the present. The Maytag Car, 1915 Waterloo Boy, Rath Packing Company whistle and Pioneer Hall Mural help visitors envision and understand bygone eras.

Waterloo, IA Museums

John Deere Waterloo Operations

See the assembly of 95- to 425-horsepower tractors in state-of-the-art production facility. Tour the engine works, drive train assembly, and service parts operations. Browse through the Deere Crossing Gift Shop. (Age and footwear restrictions apply.)

Waterloo, IA Shoppes

Rensselaer Russell House Museum - Grout Museum District

This small jewel of mid-Victorian architecture, completed in 1861

Waterloo, IA Museums

Things to do Museums near Waterloo, IA

Museum of River History

Displays highlighting river history in Lansing from commercial fishing to clamming. Iowa state fish hatchery, ice harvesting,...

Bluedorn Science Imaginarium - Grout Museum District

A "playground for the imagination," this science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects e...

Howard County Log Cabin Museum

Occupied continously from 1854 to 1964, this cabin features original hand-hewn logs, and is now located in Beadle Park and fu...

Carter House Museum

View one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in Iowa, built in 1850. Exhibits include Victorian clothing and f...