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Amana Heritage Museum

4310 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203
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Ranked #11 of 11 Attractions in Amana
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment in Utopian living.
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greenfield WI
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great background information. Short film in historical building. We were on a Village Van Tour which took us here.

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Austin, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very nice displays explaining when, how and why the communal community was started, how it operated, when, how and why it ended. We will go back next time we have company that is interested in going. We didn't have time to view the video or finish looking at the displays. Might need a couple hours to do it all. They... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The video is very nice, but the selff-guided tour does not add much to what you can read on your own. The $7 entry fee is steep for what you get. If you know nothing about Amana, and don't want to read up before you arrive, then this might be worth a visit. Otherwise, read the guides and give this... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

My mother and I visited this terrific museum on a recent trip to Amana and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The tour started with a brief film about the history of the community that gave us the right amount of context for our self-guided walk through the exhibits in the Noe House. Just seeing walking through the collection of original buildings... More

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Seattle, Wa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Besides having very poor signs directing guests to the front door of the museum, the staff was EXTREMELY rude and acted like we were simply a roadblock in their personal life. I don't know why they have a museum if not to educate the visitors about what their ancestors accomplished while developing such a magnificent community. Everyone, in several parties,... More

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London, England
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330 reviews 330 reviews
163 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

I was unaware of this community until I read the brilliant Iowa State Guide, so, completely altered my plans for this area, and what a joy it turned out to be. Having read much about American Immigrant history the Amana Colonies came as a complete surprise and this informative museum filled me in on the history of the fascinating journey... More

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Alpha Ohio
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We gained much information from Barbara at the Church of True Inspiration in Homestead and we learned some additonal things at this museum as well.

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St. George, Utah
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111 reviews 111 reviews
39 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This was the most enjoyable part of our time here, mainly because we were not familiar with the history. Knowing that made all the difference in what we did and enjoyed while we were there. Spent about an hour here. Entry fee of $7 was worth in it our opinion. Make sure you watch the 20 minute movie before you... More

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Marion, Iowa
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you have to visit anything in the Amana's, visit the Heritage Museum. It's full of so much history and you get to see what they used back then :)

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Many people come to the Amanas for the food and the shopping, but if you are there, you must make the time to go through the Amana Heritage Museum to truly understand the history of these quaint little towns.

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