CARNEGIE CULTURAL CENTER – New Hampton, Iowa
In an old Carnegie library, the town has developed a cultural center and museum. Permanent exhibits include the Natvig Brothers Miniature Circus, a Railroad Room, the Old Toy Shop, and Tunnell Eyeglass Collection. Temporary exhibits rotate bimonthly.
The mission of the Carnegie Cultural Center is to establish a vital presence of the arts, history, and cultural awareness for the benefit, enlightenment, and enjoyment of all Chickasaw County residents and visitors.
Displays, lectures and live events highlight the richness of Iowa’s multiple cultures. The Library now serves as a center for the cultural growth of Chickasaw County. In a building where Iowans once learned about the outside world, Iowans now learn about themselves!
THE RAILROAD ROOM. Take a trip down memory lane with this nostalgic collection of model trains and memorabilia. Working models as well as historic examples of Lionel and American Flyer, a 1/8 scale steam powered locomotive and coal car, and an exquisite hand carved model from the turn of the century captivate railroad lovers of all ages. Authentic memorabilia includes a working crossing bell help capture the railroad experience.
The Natvig Brothers Circus is an historic record of the life “under the big top” through carefully researched and meticulously fashioned hand carved and handcrafted scale models. A circus parade down the street with a backdrop of Main Street New Hampton, a three-ring circus, animals, clowns, and more. It’s all there. This exhibit was created by Richard Natvig.
Toy Town has a circus parade comprised of cast iron toys, dollhouses replete with miniature furniture, a general store brimming with miniature paraphernalia, and a curio full of historic dollhouse furniture. This exhibit was created by Harold Green, Searles Hayden, Heather Monthei and Joanne Robinson.
There are many other exhibits to see and enjoy so stop in for a visit.
Admission – None
Location: – 7 N Water Ave., New Hampton, Iowa
Summer Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 12 – 6 PM., Saturday, 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Winter Hours: Thursday, 12 – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm
Closed in January
Credit Cards – None