GARNAVILLO-- The Garnavillo Historical Museum is one of the best-kept secrets in Iowa. The historic museum houses thousands of early manuscripts and newspaper clippings from 18th century, vital old route maps, photos of the region, Indigenous collections from 12,000 BC, and Native American arrowheads. The museum was entered into the National Register in 1977. The building also contains unique furniture and a tremendous collection of Native American tools.
The museum is part of the five historical buildings of the Garnavillo Historical Society of Iowa. The other four include the Log Cabin, Annex, Lodge, and Law Office. The Log Cabin is located opposite of the museum. The cabin was accurately reconstructed based on the original design, and filled with antique furniture, a working stone fireplace, and a loft with ladder.
Located on Washington Street, the museum is also the First Congregational Church. The Church was built in the 19th century. The museum complex also has an early lodge hall, erected in 1860. Within the museum you can view a lodge-related reference file, which contains over 12,000 names and 34,000 historical references. The microfilmed newspaper records, yearbooks, and student registers help with genealogy research. If you are from the region, there is a chance that these records could contain important information about your ancestry. The publications are also available online. In case you need additional information for research, definitely visit the museum in person.
For more information about the museum or genealogy-related assistance, please call 563-964-2191 or click here.
Museum Hours: The museum is open from 1 pm until 4 pm on weekends, May until October. Visitors are welcomed by appointment only.
Admission Fee: The museum is open to all, free of cost.
Garnavillo Historical Museum,
205 South Washington Street
Garnavillo, Iowa 52049
Come and visit the historical museum with your family and friends to explore the rich history of Garnavillo.
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