Communal Kitchen And Cooper Shop Museum – Middle Amana, Iowa

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The authentic Amana communal kitchen house is preserved as it was when the communal system ended in 1932 in Middle Amana, Iowa.

The only intact communal-era kitchen remaining in the Amanas, preserved as it appeared in 1932 when the kitchen served community members for the last time. The cooper shop, where all types of barrels were made for the community, was built in 1863 and is the only one remaining in the Colonies.

Visitors can see the kitchen with the large brick hearth, the dry sink with its wooden tubs, and the original implements used to prepare meals. In the dining room, tables are set for a communal meal. A guide explains the daily routine of the kitchen workers.

The Cooper Shop was built c. 1863. On exhibit are tools and products of the cooper’s (barrelmaker’s) trade.

Phone: (319) 622-3567

Location: Middle Amana, Iowa

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1-October 31.

Admission: A Fee is charged

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