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Farm House Museum

Purple lilies rise in front of the Farm House Museum on campus.  Mandatory credit: (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Nestled in the center of Iowa State University, the Farm House Museum sits as a monument to early Iowa State history and culture. The first building on campus as well as a National Historic Landmark, the Farm House was built in 1860 and functioned as living quarters for various Iowa State deans, professors, farmhands and students. Undergoing a lengthy restoration from 1970-76, the Farm House evolved into a public museum. Now students, faculty and community members can enjoy the museum while remembering the significance that one small building had upon shaping a nationally recognized land-grant university. 

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The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8. 


* Some modifications have been made due to COVID-19. Click here to Know Before You Go.
Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm while ISU is in session. 

Please see the Calendar of Events for closings and holiday hours. 


601 Farm House Lane
Ames, Iowa 50011


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