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Iowa Gold Star Museum

7700 Northwest Beaver Drive, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-1902
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Johnston
Type: Military Museums
Most recent review
- Sep 4, 2014
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Mason City, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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66 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Des Moines, IA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

On Camp Dodge, the museum is a military one. It's small, but informative and I plan on going back again this summer to see how things are progressing. It will be well worth another trip.

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