Nishna Heritage Museum – Oakland, Iowa

Nishna Heritage MuseumNishna Heritage Museum – Oakland, Iowa

In 1975 the local historical society purchased a dry goods and grocery store that had been built in 1905 and turned it into a museum. The building covered three lots, and since then—in 1988—one more lot has been added. Here visitors can learn a great deal about all phases of southwest Iowa’s history. Displays pertaining to the prehistoric animals and rocks found in that area have been developed. Many different types of artifacts dating from the time the town was founded in 1854 have been gathered and used in interesting exhibits. One can see an example of a kitchen of 1900, barber hop, cobbler shop, items from a blacksmith shop, farm machinery such as a sod-buster plow, early harrow, grinder, slip scraper, grain cradles, and flail, late 19th century clothing and scooter-bikes, and a switchboard of 1902.

Admission – None (donations appreciated)

Directions – off Interstate Highway I-80, Exit 40, go south on U. S. Highway 50 14 miles, to downtown Oakland, Iowa 51560

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, year-round (weather permitting)

Phone – (712) 482-6802 or (712) 482-3075  


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