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Amana Heritage Museum

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Address: 4310 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203
Phone Number: 319-622-3567
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment...

History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment in Utopian living.

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Start Here. Nice Movie to orient you to Amana

Start here at 10AM. Not much opens before that. The movie is well done and will give the background and understanding of the eight communities to know how to plan your visit. Most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mark K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Start here at 10AM. Not much opens before that. The movie is well done and will give the background and understanding of the eight communities to know how to plan your visit. Most things close down at 5PM as does the museum.

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Thank Mark K
Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Start off with an interesting video in the old sewing room, then walk around their buildings to see some older relics and the progression of this community

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Thank Bzears
Lakeland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice little museum. There is a 20 minute video telling some of the history of Amana colonies. Then you'll cross a courtyard where you can go into two separate buildings, one housing mostly written displays and some items of period use, the other about house work/chores in olden days. If tried to read all of the displays,... More 

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Thank Janet S
Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The video that is shown is worth the $7 that is charged. The fee also gets you into a couple other points of interest in other Amana towns. There are a couple of exhibits to see and the gentleman who was in charge was very knowledgeable about Amana History.

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Thank Nancy C
Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the starting point for our Amana Colonies tour. This is where you get your map and buy your tickets. Lots of history and shops in Amana.

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Thank Steve H
Port Charlotte, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon entering the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore, you"ll be requested to pay to tour the museum facility. The tour begins with a movie explaining the settlement of Amana and its history and people. Next you walk to a nearby building which was once a residence but has been turned into a museum with many period artifacts and informative plaques.... More 

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Thank Paul S
Corydon, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I knew very little about the Amana Colonies, and the museum gives a very comprehensive history of the people and their philosophy. It's laid out very well, taking the visitor from one room to another. There are lots of interesting artifacts, and lots of signs explaining the exhibits, including excerpts from letters and diaries of members of the community in... More 

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Sikeston, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Movie was 10 minutes late starting while the one employee chatted with last movie group. $7 per person seems reasonable. I enjoyed the display of old telephones most of all. The exterior seems to need a good deal of maintenance. Weeds growing in broken sidewalk area. The top floor had children's toys, many were hand carved. Loved that!

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Thank Patsy E
Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I hadn't even heard of the Amana Colonies until I moved to Iowa earlier this year. The museum starts you off with a 20 minute documentary about the origins of the community. You then can view a variety of exhibits that covers life as a member, the goods they made, etc.

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Petersburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We really enjoyed the visit. The film was wonderful giving terrific information about the history of the Colonies. The self-guided tour of the colony house was quite informative. It is certainly worthwhile!

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