Dallas County Forest Park Museum And Arboretum – Perry, Iowa
This museum in Perry, Iowa presents both culture and natural history displays of the area. Much of the museum is devoted to local history; the arboretum section features a collection of trees brought in from all parts of the United States. In the museum visitors can look at examples of mining tools, early types of transportation, and farm equipment.
There are over 100 different species of primarily natives trees, shrubs, woodland area, re-established prairie and a butterfly garden which was originally developed in the 1940′s for your pleasure. The arboretum was planted in straight lines to allow farming between the rows.
Hastie Hall, a museum of the history of Dallas County opened to the public in 1953. Come and enjoy the wide variety of items available for you to see in the small museums where not only hand tools are on display but also transportation, farm machinery, railroad materials and a blacksmith shop are included. There is also the Alton one room school house, the Grabenhorst 1860′s Log Cabin and the Wagner Scale House.
There are interpretive programs offered which include museum tours, and historical and natural history programs.
Admission – None
Directions – go to the 1400 block of K Street Forst Park Museum and Arboretum is located at the south edge of Perry about 1/4 mile south of Hwy 141 on K Ave. (K Ave. is called 16th St. north of Hwy 141).
Address: 14581 K Ave., Perry, Iowa 50220
Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May — October (also by appointment)
Phone – (515) 465-3577