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Phelps Youth Pavilion
Phelps Youth Pavilion Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Waterloo, IA
Museum in Waterloo, IA USA

Interactive exhibits for children. Interactive children's museum with 40+hands-on exhibits related to art & culture. Digital, high tech fun for kids of all ages.


Buffalo Bill Museum
Buffalo Bill Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Iowa
Museum in Leclaire, IA USA

Enjoy a fun filled day at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa. You'll discover fascinating history along the Mighty Mississippi River that will entertain and educate.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Rapids, IA
Museum in Cedar Rapids, IA USA

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses more than 7,200 works of art spanning many eras-from Roman antiquity to the present. áThe collection is particularly strong in American art, especially from the first half of the 20th century.

Buffalo Bill Cody Museum of LeClaire
Buffalo Bill Cody Museum of LeClaire things to do on a rainy day in Davenport, IA
Museum in Le Claire, IA USA

Museum of LeClaire history The Buffalo Bill Cody museum features a wide variety of artifacts regarding Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Congress, as well as various artifacts related to the history of LeClaire, Iowa.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum things to do on a rainy day in Iowa
Museum in West Branch, IA USA

Presidential Museum in West Branch, Iowa The Hoover Presidential Museum is one of thirteen such museums operated by the National Archives and Records Administration and tells the life and times of Iowa's only president, Herbert Hoover.


Ice House Museum
Ice House Museum things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Learn the story of ice harvesting in an ice house! This 1921 round structure contains tools once used to cut ice from the Cedar River right nearby. Try hands-on activities, watch videos, and experience an international industry that brought fresh food to the world.

John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum
John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum things to do on a rainy day in Waterloo, IA
Museum in Waterloo, IA USA

History of John Deere Tractors in Waterloo Iowa Our goal is to engage and educate visitors about the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing in Iowa's Cedar Valley, and to celebrate employee contributions, customers, and the continuing values of Deere and Company.

Little Red Schoolhouse
Little Red Schoolhouse things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Tour this 1909 one-room schoolhouse! From the slate blackboard to the potbellied stove, this schoolhouse recalls a time when brothers, sisters, and neighboring children gathered together to learn in a building like this. Imagine the students stoking the fire, reciting their lessons, and singing songs.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum things to do on a rainy day in Waterloo, IA
Museum in Waterloo, IA USA

The history of the Olympics oldest sport - wrestling.


University Museum, University of Northern Iowa
University Museum, University of Northern Iowa things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

A Museum of Nature and Culture The University Museum is one of only five major natural history museums within the State of Iowa, and one of an even smaller number featuring collections with a global perspective.

Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Step back over 150 years to the Victorian era in Cedar Falls This Italianate style home was built by Azel D. Barnum in 1863, and it’s teeming with furnishings, photographs, and everyday objects from the 1880s-1900s.

Christmas in the Air
Christmas in the Air things to do on a rainy day in Des Moines, IA
Museum in Indianola, IA USA

Open House and Christmas Balloon Gifts Come and experience the National Balloon Museum decorated for Christmas. Walk through time and history of ballooning aviation as you learn more about balloons of all types.


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