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Iowa Gold Star Museum

Address: 7700 Northwest Beaver Drive, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-1902
Phone Number: 515-252-4531
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Johnston
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Type: Military Museums, Museums

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Johnston, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
15 reviews 15 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Mason City, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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261 reviews 261 reviews
70 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Free. Wonderful displays that cover all U. S. Military involvement from the revolutionary war to the present. This is a working military base and you will need your I.D.'s. Ask directions at front gate because the signs are small and they are working on the roads.

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Ankeny, Iowa
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Few people are probably aware that the Camp Dodge National Guard base in Johnston Iowa has a museum of military history. The bulding is fairly new and the self guided tour starts in order of the birth of the United States. There is no admission charge. However, any cash doantion is appreciated. There is much to see here. Weapons from... More 

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