kinneymuseum.jpg   KINNEY PIONEER MUSEUM – Mason City, Iowa

In a newer building near the Mason City Airport is housed a collection of a little about everything. You can find such things as:

1906 Model N Ford, the only Colby left that was manufactured in Mason City, 

100 year old loom (still operational),

a horse-drawn dairy wagon,

1800s style printing presses,

late 1800 Mason City fire pumper,

fossils, Native American artifacts, and ladies’ fashions. 

The museum has a number of artifacts in its Meredith Willson collection.

Outside are examples of a log cabin, one-room school house, 1912 blacksmith shop with original tools, 1800s railroad caboose, and a 1850 Conestoga covered wagon.

Volunteers demonstrate how to weave rugs and how to make brooms on Sundays.


Located at the entrance of the
Mason City Airport,
on U.S. Highway 18, just East of I-35.
Explore North Iowa’s
Pioneer Heritage

Located in the heart of North Central Iowa, the Kinney Pioneer Museum is at the entrance to the Mason City Airport, on U.S. Highway 18, seven miles west of Mason City and two miles east of Clear Lake, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 18 and Interstate 35.

The Museum is open to the public from May through September, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. – Sunday. Other times by appointment.

Special group tours at other times may be arranged by contacting the Museum by phone (641) 423-1258. The mailing address of the Kinney Pioneer Museum is P.O. Box 421, Mason City, IA 50402.

Admission is $2.50 for adults, 50 cents for children. Annual membership in the Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa is $10 for single and $20 for family memberships.

You are invited to join the many thousands from Iowa and the four corners of the earth who have enjoyed the Kinney Pioneer Museum.

Featured Exhibits:

The only Colby Car left of 900 made in Mason City between 1911 and 1914.
100-year-old loom still making rugs.
Replica of 1859 Conestoga covered wagon.
Working broom factory makes and sells many styles of brooms.
Late 1800 Mason City Fire Pumper.
Old log cabin.
1912 blacksmith shop.
Interior of Original School House.
Printing presses of the 1800s.
Telephone service of yesteryear.
Horse-drawn dairy wagon.
1906 Model N Ford.
Mason City’s Meredith Willson and Music Man display

Admission – $2.50 for adults, $1.00 for children ages 13-18, 50 cents for children ages 5-12

Directions – at the entrance to the Mason City Airport on U. S. Highway 18, 7 miles west of Mason City

Address: 9184 265th St, Clear Lake, IA 50428

Hours – noon – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday – Friday and also Sunday, May – September, noon – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June – August, or by appointment

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (641) 423-1258

Grace-Edson-Chambers-and-Mrs-Long_tn.jpgPS: We received a wonderful note that I am posting with this attraction to show how the past connects with today: "I visited the museum 2 or 3 years ago and noted some references to Dr. Draper Long. His mother lived next door to the Chambers when I was growing up and she was good friends with my grandmother, Grace Edson Chambers." John Chambers MD (Dr. Chambers sent the attached picture of Dr. Long’s mother and Dr. Chambers Grandmother) 


  1. Betty Waddington says:

    I am downsizing at my house and want to get rid of a few things. One of the items I have is the printing press that was used in the 1950′s to print the Fertile Reminder. It is not too big and I can send a picture if you are interested. It is a mimograph #77 made by A. B. Dick from New York. It has a round drum and is not too big. You had to cut a stencil to make a copy. I also have ink for it but think I disposed of the stencils not too long ago. If interested please contact me at my email address. I live near Hanlontown. Thanks, Betty Waddington

  2. Hi Betty,
    Please contact the museum directly with your wonderful offer. The phone number is (641) 423-1258. It is wonderful that you want to share your piece of history with others by donating this to the museum.

    The Editor

  3. Years ago my wife and I stopped at the museum and you had train whisyles for sale they were like a bellows type and we bought one and we were wondering if anyone knows about them or if you still have them or where I can get them…Please let me know asap THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  4. Dear Roger,
    I have forwarded your message on to the Mason City convention and Visitor Bureau and requested they contact someone at the museum to respond. Hopefully you will hear from them soon.

    The Editor
    Pat Watson

  5. Pat,
    Thank you for forwarding this query; we will respond to this gentleman’s request by contacting the Kinney Pioneer Museum about the train whistles.

    Sue Platts
    CVB Assistant

    Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
    25 W. State St., Mason City, IA 50401
    641-422-1663 / 800-423-5724
    FAX: 641-423-5725

  6. Your caboose was built in December of 1929 in Milwaukee. Take good care of it; there were only 15 of that type made.

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