Kellogg Historical Museum – Kellogg, Iowa

Kellogg Museum.jpg Kellogg Historical Museum – Kellogg, Iowa

The small town of Kellogg has a seven building museum complex. The citizens began the preservation of their heritage in 1980 by restoring old run-down buildings in their downtown. The #1 building is a two-story museum; originally it had been a hotel built to house the passengers departing from the train. Later on, it served as a furniture store, undertaker’s establishment, café, offices, and carpenter shop. Now on the main floor, visitors can look at all different types of artifacts: flooring from an old school, photo albums, veterinary items, and family items. In one of the rooms is an old post office setup, items from a doctor’s office, barber and beauty shop equipment, and military memorabilia.

Upstairs, some of the rooms have been arranged to depict the following types of rooms in a home: kitchen, laundry, sewing room, dining room, living room, and bedroom. In one of the room items from early immigrants of Denmark are on display. The Media room houses historical paper items. An enclosed back porch houses some collections: cans, bottles, and nature item. There are some old-time vacuum sweepers.

Building #2, a two-story barn, houses agricultural items—both big and small. Anything related to farming probably can be found there—tools, harnesses, machinery, corn shellers, cream separators, and egg crates. The third building is a museum depicting the manufacturing and banking business life of the town—the One-Minute Washer Co. offices and product and items from the Kellogg Savings Bank are displayed within the room.<br>Building #4 has been moved – an old country church, built in 1877–came to town. It still contains its original furniture and fixtures. The fifth building, a one-room school, has also been moved and restored. Items from some of the other country schools are on display. The next building is an open-faced machine shed in which staff has placed large farm implements. #7 building contains part of a blacksmith shop with a forge and anvil and various tools.

Admission – None

Directions – on State Highway 14, just 2 miles north of Exit 173 on U. S. Interstate Highway 80

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day (other times by chance or appointment)

Phone – (515) 526-6460 or (800) 798-0299 

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