In an old historic church and nearby are items that relate to the history of the area. One can find prehistoric artifacts and Native American arrowheads. In the complex is an actual pioneer log cabin with furnishings and an example of an early lodge hall.

The Garnavillo Historical Museum Complex includes a museum containing thousands of early manuscripts dating back to 1750 (including one of two known newspapers reporting the death of George Washington), important old maps and photos, Indian artifacts from 12,000 BC and much more. Across the street in the City Park is an original Log Cabin dismantled and accurately reconstructed, with early furnishings, working stone fireplace and loft with ladder. Another part of the complex is the Early Lodge Hall built in 1860. A card reference file with over 12,950 names and 35,000 historical references is available, and invaluable to those doing genealogy research.

Admission – None

Directions – at the corner of Washington and Centre Streets

Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 15 – October !5, and by appointment

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (319) 964-2191


  1. Sandra Kann says:

    My mother Lois Eberhard and my father Gene Eberhard owned a grocery store in Garnavillo in the 1940′s. It was located right beside the currant library. They found many receipts and billings of a M.A. & W.F. Meyer in the walls which discloses bills of 1915. My mother saved these and now that my parents are both deceased, I simply do not know what to do with them. I was wondering if the museum would have any interest. I am planning on being in Guttenberg the weekend of the 21st, so I could make an appointment for that Saturday if you would like to look at what I have. Please let me know as soon as possible. I appreciate your time in this matter. Sincerely, Sandra Kann

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