lockmasterx300.jpgHere visitors can look at one of the last remaining lockmaster’s houses on the Mississippi River. This house contains furnishings of the 1930s and 1940s and photos of river and local history.

They can come to understand the history of the lock and dam system.

To understand how the lock and dam system works and why it is needed.

To understand how Iowa industries rely upon the lock and dam system for transportation.

Guttenberg’s history and the history of the lock and dam system are preserved at the Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum, located immediately west of the Lock and Dam 10 on the Mississippi River. Travelers may access the Lock and Dam parking area at the intersection of River Park Drive and Prince Street. The museum is located in the former lockmaster’s house, where the lockmasters and assistant lockmasters were formerly required to live. The house is the last remaining lockmaster house on the Upper Mississippi River. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Admission – None

Directions – near Lock and Dam No. 10

Hours – noon – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, Memorial Day – mid-October

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (319) 252-1531


  1. Gerri Gribi says:

    Re: Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum in Guttenberg

    There is a sign on the gate that says “Open noon – 4 May through October”

    However, the brochure I picked up at the local visitor center says:
    Daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Mondays
    -Weekends in September
    -Daily during October leaf tour season

    Anybody traveling specifically to see this should call first since nobody seems to know what the actual hours are.

  2. Ellen Schlaman says:

    I enjoyed visiting the Lock House last August. Joe Ihm was so nice and shared so many details with us. I donated a few items years ago and I ‘m wondering how to get my family name attached to the items. Child’s rocker, ice cream maker & small rocker.
    Thank you!

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