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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

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

Story County Conservation Center

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

Ames, IA Conservation Centers

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

Brunnier Art Museum

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

Ames, IA Museums

Things to do Museums near Ames, IA

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

Learn about Iowa military history from 1846 to the present. See uniforms, flags, trench art, small arms, artillery, UH-1 "Hue...

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 Victori...

International Wrestling Institute and Museum

Museum features Olympic, collegiate and pro wrestling history. Displays on famous athletes include Iowa's Olympic champion Da...

Adel Historical Museum

1857 brick building served as Adel's original schoolhouse. Features period room settings, photographs and memorabilia....

Jefferson Telephone Company Museum

One of the few telephone museums in America, it features many early telephone and switching displays....