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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

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Address: Burr Oak, Iowa, Burr Oak, IA
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+1 563-735-5916

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A cute museum

This is a good example of a hotel of the period. The added bonus is that Laura stayed here and worked for 3 months as a child. Cost was $8 and has little gift shop.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palatine, Illinois
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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good example of a hotel of the period. The added bonus is that Laura stayed here and worked for 3 months as a child. Cost was $8 and has little gift shop.

Thank bLiselotte
New Ulm, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2016

We paid $30 for our family of 6 to tour the Masters Hotel, where the Ingalls family lived and worked for 3 months. Tours are ready whenever you are. Since we were the only members of our tour group, we went at a slow pace and had plenty of time for questions. There were a few questions our guide could... More 

1 Thank Connie R
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2016

This is a good stop because you learn about a year in Laura Ingalls' life that she did not cover in her Little House series. The tour of the Masters Hotel takes about 45 minutes and the tour was very informative. The hotel looks smaller from the street, but is bigger inside than expected. The old bank across the street... More 

Thank LQ4L
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2016

If you're a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan you will enjoy this walk back in time. Our tour guide, Clara, was very knowledgeable and gave a wonderful tour. A nice little side trip!

1 Thank Kari D
Lincoln, Nebraska
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40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

There are very few things in this museum. I didn't realize this was a museum even, until I looked a bit closer. This is mostly a gift shop. Maybe if I hadn't been to the other LIW sites, I would have been impressed. If you want to see a LlW museum, you MUST visit Mansfield, MO and De Smet, SD.... More 

3 Thank specialteacherokc
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016

It was very hot last Saturday when we went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. We went there because they were having Laura Ingalls Day. Not many people were there. We took a tour of the hotell where her folks worked and lived for a while. The tour guides didn't know very much which was sad. The hotel was nice.

2 Thank Kris S
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

If you are a Laura fan and looking for an easy Iowa day trip, consider stopping in Burr Oak to visit the Masters Hotel where the Ingalls family lived for three months. The hotel is restored and well cared for and staff will give you a great guided tour as they tell about the Ingalls year long stay in Burr... More 

4 Thank LadyChal1973
Minocqua, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our scenic drive through the Iowa countryside to see where the Ingall's family stayed for a short time. It was interesting to hear about their adventures moving around the country. It's hard to imagine moving the amount of miles from place to place at that time-covered wagon & other hardships. The docent was fabulous with giving descriptions... More 

2 Thank Penny F
Kentwood, Michigan, United States
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2014

We made a stop in Burr Oak Iowa to the museum. This is a place where Laura's family lived that is not mentioned in her children's books. The motel where her parents worked for a few months is still there and houses the museum. It has been well maintained. The tour guide was nice and allowed plenty of time for... More 

1 Thank LoriG619
Wapakoneta, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2014

The tour was not long, about 25 minutes. Our guide didn't have much to say to fill the time, and when she did she seemed to try to use negativity as humor. And then there would be awkward pauses as she waited for laughs that never came. Enter across the street at the visitor center/gift shop to buy tickets, then... More 

2 Thank scott10619

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