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Address: 7700 Northwest Beaver Drive, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-1902
Phone Number: 515-252-4531
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Biggest secret in Iowa

Every Iowan should visit this site. The incredible artifacts and information housed here is amazing in scope and displayed to highlight their importance. My only complaint is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
Richard G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Every Iowan should visit this site. The incredible artifacts and information housed here is amazing in scope and displayed to highlight their importance. My only complaint is this gem is NOT advertised at all. With Iowa Public TV located only about a mile away why is there not an hour long program developed to let every Iowan know it even... More 

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Thank Richard G
Grimes, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

I visit Memorial Day each year. This is a very nice collection of military items. Many dioramas and military vehicles for all conflicts. I particularly like the collection of firearms. Very interesting and free admission.

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Thank Rob E
Des Moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Learn how the war started when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor and we put the Japanese in concentration camps.

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Thank Proteeus3
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Good museum, full of exhibits, some of which you can interact with such as the helicopter you can sit into. Unfortunately as I did not have an American driving licence, I was not able to drive to the museum as its on a live Military base and they have a policy of only letting people with American licences to drive... More 

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Thank Keith M
Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I liked the period uniforms used by volunteers. We saw Civil War, WWI, WW2, Korea and Vietnam costumes. There was also a large collection of weapons from all wars and conflicts. It is a learning experience.

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Thank Diana R
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Neat little museum on Camp Dodge in Johnston. Focuses on Iowans and Iowas contributions to the War efforts from the time we became a state to current day. Nicely laid out so you can follow the history of Iowa in the wars with ease.Also a nice little section on the history of the Iowa Highway Patrol including every style of... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Many people don't know about this treasure. They have great displays for the who family. If your at all into historical guns this is a great place to visit they have an extensive collection.

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Thank TheBandit78
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you have kids into military or even war video games this place is perfect for you. Actual chopper you can go in, military jeep to ride on and he loved the tank thing...Plenty of guns to view and other things...

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Thank Dan H
Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I actually had a class at the museum, and on lunch break, I walked through. I was so impressed (and I didn't get to see everything) that I went back again with my wife. They have a very large collection of military weaponry, uniforms, and vehicles. There is so much to see and so much to read about the history... More 

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Thank Richard B
New Virginia, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Took my son here for some military history and so he could work on a school project. Had a great time even though it was raining. Toured the museum with our guide who was every knowledgeable about every thing in the building. Thanks to the staff. Fun Day...

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