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Farm House Museum

Built in the 1860s as the first building at Iowa State Agricultural College and Model Farm. More than 6,000 pieces of Victorian decorative art and antique furnishings.

Ames, IA Museums

Octagon Center for the Arts

Local, regional and national art exhibitions and juried art shows, classes and workshops for all ages. Octagon Shop offers Midwestern arts and crafts for sale. The Octagon's Art Festival is held each September.

Ames, IA Art Centers

Story County Conservation Center

This 200-acre park, headquarters of the Conservation Board'

Ames, IA Conservation Centers

Iowa State University

Ranked among the 25 most beautiful campuses in the nation, this university setting includes historic and contemporary buildings and more than 450 art sculptures. Internationally recognized for leadership in science and technology education and research, it is the birthplace of the world'

Ames, IA Universities

Iowa State Center

Four-building conference, athletic and performing arts complex. Stephens Auditorium is a 2,747-seat performing arts facility selected as Iowa's "Building of the Century" by the American Institute of Architects. Also includes Hilton Coliseum, Fisher

Ames, IA State Centers

Things to do Museums near Ames, IA

State Historical Building

In a modern glass and granite building, discover an exciting hands-on approach to exploring Iowa's past. This showcase of the...

Ankeny Area Historical Society Museum

Two museums house artifacts from the Ankeny area, including military items, several period rooms, a school room with historic...

Big Creek Historical Museum

Displays and artifacts depicting the rich history of the Big Creek area. Located in historic city hall building built in 1863...

Brunnier Art Museum

Art exhibitions; glass, ceramics and art from eastern and western cultures; gallery talks; children's programs....

Kate Shelley Railroad Museum and Park

Restored depot where visitors learn the dramatic story of 15-year-old Kate Shelley's warning of upcoming danger to a passenge...