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

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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120 reviews 120 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Urbandale, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I thought it would be much more about Iowans in the military, maybe more about Iowans (names?) who died during active duty. Seemed to be more of a general military museum with a Iowa tilt. Kids enjoyed it, just not what I expected. Was looking forward to find info about relatives (Iowans) who died in action, info wasn't there.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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275 reviews 275 reviews
73 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

All about Iowans in the military starting with the Civil War. Rotating exhibits so you'll see something new each time. Static display to the North of the museum - there is a little parking lot up there as well. Some hands on items for the kids. Also a little exhibit on the Iowa Patrol. When you leave, head up to... More 

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Grimes, Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

The Iowa Gold Star Museum is located at Camp Dodge and it's well worth the trip. We had a great time learning about the military history of the area.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Can't believe I waited so long to visit. Very nice little museum, very clean, not very big, but very well put together. Especially nice to see some memoribilia I helped construct during Dest Storm on display, I was amazed how well preserved it was. They even had pictures of the sign we built next to our tent in the desert... More 

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