Ackley Heritage Center – Ackley, Iowa

ackley_school.jpg    Ackley Heritage Center – Ackley, Iowa

Ackley hosts the heritage of the area with a visit to the corner drugstore with working soda fountain, and see displays and artifacts.

The Heritage Center – Center offices and research areas are located in the upper level of the Municipal Building on the corner of State and Main streets. Here you will find a large photographic collection, many prints showing the history of Ackley, and displays featuring the lives of the early settlers. 

The German people from Ostfriesland, Germany settled the area in and around Ackley. Those German pioneers’ hard work, self reliance, and commitment to family laid the foundations for the strong community that Ackley is today.

The Heritage Center was established in 1987 for the purpose of preserving local history and currently occupies the second level of the Municipal Building in downtown Ackley, Iowa. It has been said that not a week goes by without some new additions to the Center’s growing collection. You can find many interesting artifacts that display past lifestyles, a vast collection of photographs documenting Ackley life and growth, and friendly volunteers to put you in touch with mountains of research materials.

Heritage Center: (641) 847-2201

Open 1:15 pm- 5:00 pm Mon.-Fri. or by appointment

Heritage Museum & Soda Shop: (641) 847-6975

Open: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Winter Hours

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Summer Hours 


  1. There are many great things to see at the various facilities operated by the Ackley Heritage Center, however, there have been considerable changes in the operation recently. There are no offices or displays in the City Hall Building, and a museum and offices are located downtown in the old railroad Depot. The days and hours f operation have changed. Offices are currently open from 1:30-4:30 on Tues, Wed, and Thursday. The Soda Fountain on Park Avenue/Main Street downtown is also closed on Monday, but generally open summer afternoons during the week. Arrangements can be made to accommodate your group. It is always wise to phone ahead as volunteer staffing shortages sometimes cause changes. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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