Humboldt County Historical Museum – Dakota City, Iowa

Humbolt MuseumHumboldt County Historical Museum – Dakota City, Iowa

Dakota City offers The Humboldt County Historical Museum complex to visitors so they can look at examples of historical buildings such as the Old Mill Farmhouse, a log cabin, a kettle shed, the Norway #6 country schoolhouse from east of Thor, the old Rutland jail, a chicken house from the Lu Verne area, a huge two-story barn from the Rutland area, and, at the back of the lot, the Hardy Methodist Church. A new building faces south and has an open entry, where a small selection of antiques are displayed.In this building is some fire fighting equipment, with Sherman Silbaugh’s 1934 Diamond Reo fire engine sitting in the “main street” area down the center of the building.The newest addition to The Humboldt County Historical Museum is a building which has vignettes (a set-aside scene) along the north and south sides of “main street” will be displays of a variety of shops, including a post office, doctor-dental displays, a printing office, a cobbler shop, a carpenter’s shop, a bank, antique cameras, Indian artifacts, and other collections, such as the three hole outhouse, that have been donated to the museum over the years; but some only occasionally put on display due to lack of space.  Visit the garden for a bit of history due to plants.  A good place to just relax your mind and enjoy the beauty.

Each vignette will eventually have a “store front” look and the same pattern will be followed on the north side of the street.

Here one can learn more about Humboldt College. There are displays on Frank Gotch and Native Americans.

Admission is $5 for adults and those under 18 are free.

Directions – 2 ½ miles east on State Highway 169 in Dakota City, Iowa 50529

Humboldt County Mill Farm
Historical Museum

one mile east of Dakota City
on County Road P56

Monday: 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10 am – 4 pm
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Special tours or inquiries contact:
(515) 332-5280

Phone – (515) 322-5280 


  1. I visited the Museum today for the first time and was impressed with it. Everyone was friendly and knew their history and was taking great pride in being involved with the Museum. It was very orderly and clean, lots of history here and a pleasure to visit. The new building looks great, good craftsman built it and my hat is off to them.
    Glenn Markley Rolfe IA

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