Algona P.W. Camp Museum

Algona P.W. Camp Museum: Hours, Address, Algona P.W. Camp Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Algona P.W. Camp Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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This was the site of a prisoner of war camp that housed more than 10,000 German prisoners from 1943 to 1946.
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Leonard S
Albert Lea, MN452 contributions
Excellent
Aug 2019
It's been a couple of years since we visited this museum, but we were VERY impressed with its contents and displays. Very educational. Definitely well worth your time and money...a reasonable admission fee.
Written July 12, 2020
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CTraveler100
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Learn a missing piece of U.S. history
Sep 2019 • Family
Did you know there were over 150 prisoner of war base camps set up across the U.S. late in WWII to hold German and Italian prisoners of war? It’s a piece of history I’d never heard or seen. This museum tells the story of the Algona base camp and the people, prisoners, military, and civilian, who lived there. If you’re anywhere near by, this museum is well worth a visit.
Written September 29, 2019
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Randy L
Dubuque, IA700 contributions
You Don't Know Iowa if You Haven't Visited This
Jul 2019 • Family
I'll never know why the story of Iowa's role in Word War II does not include the information found in this wonderful museum. With thousands of German and Italian prisoners-of-war to handle, the decision was made to ship them back to the United States. Camps surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers were built, but this was only a small part of the story. Hired to work, the prisoners were soon harvesting crops, clearing ditches and making themselves useful. Many prisoners practiced their art or woodcarving. Some produced plays. Through pictures and a 20 minutes film this story is told. As a former teacher, I wish I'd had the video to show my Iowa history classes.
Written July 5, 2019
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Gerald E
Garner, IA64 contributions
Apsects of American/Worls history you did NOT know!
Jan 2019 • Friends
This two location museum (German POW Nativity scene @ County Fairgrounds on S side of town) and large museum downtown, tells you about the tens of thousands of German POW's who entered our POW camp system @ Algona before being dispersed to many other camps spread over 5 states. See artifacts from prisoners (some who settled in Iowa years later!) and guards (4 of whom had been German POW's!). Living history fund for 9 to 90 (2 informative videos as well)
Written January 16, 2019
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jaf183
RIVERSIDE39 contributions
Great History
Dec 2018 • Couples
A great experience- nice that such history is kept alive, makes us proud to be an iowan and american
Written December 15, 2018
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jeannem284
Island of Hawaii, HI107 contributions
EXCELLENT!
Sep 2018 • Couples
Wonderful place I didn't know existed. Cousins took us there. Home to 3,000 German prisoners of war and processing center for 10,000 distributed around the Midwest. The cost to build was $1 million plus and value of work German prisoners did was $3 million plus. I highly recommend it!
Written September 23, 2018
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catsm103
Chester, IA48 contributions
Obscure history revealed
Sep 2018 • Friends
I had no idea that our nation built and maintained several POW camps during WWII, certainly was not aware of any in Iowa until I visited the museum with my book club. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable, capably answering any questions we had. The exhibits were excellent and diverse chronicles of an obscure part of American history and the humane role the Greatest Generaton to the enemy.
I highly recommend this museum to any history buffs, especially those interested in World War II . You will not be disappointed.
Written September 22, 2018
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Kent F F
Osage, IA313 contributions
Nice piece of Iowa history
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a nice little museum that tells the story of German POWs in Iowa and the Midwest. There are many interesting tidbits. The museum also pays tribute to the WWII veterans from the area. Plan to spend 60 to 90 minutes to be able to absorb the museum's offerings.
Written September 10, 2018
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JustUs4More
West Des Moines, IA13 contributions
Best Historical Secret!
Jul 2018 • Friends
After asking a local about the location of this museum, our group headed in that direction. A small entrance fee gave way to a fascinating history lesson. Don't skip the pre-self guided tour video of the encampment. Just an outstanding view of the German Prisoner of War experience in Iowa. The accumulation of historical facts and memorabilia is outstanding.
Written August 24, 2018
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Donna D
Hudson, Iowa, United States70 contributions
Very nice POW museum
Jul 2018
My husband has always been a history buff, particularly when it comes to the WW1 & 2. I saw that we would be near this museum and suggested we visit. It is somewhat small, but has a lot of very interesting artifacts and things in it.
We both enjoyed it and learned a lot about how well the WW2 POW's were treated in Iowa camps.
I highly recommend it if you are in the area.
Written July 19, 2018
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