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Address: 7700 NW Beaver Dr, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-2043
Phone Number: +1 515-252-4531
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Gold Star Museum

We recently visited that. It is located in Camp Dodge (hint - be sure to come in the south entrance. They will also want to see an ID such as a drivers license). It has... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Starr S
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Winterset
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Winterset
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently visited that. It is located in Camp Dodge (hint - be sure to come in the south entrance. They will also want to see an ID such as a drivers license). It has artifacts and information about all the wars, dating back to when there were forts, and going to the most recent ones. It is not a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Good military museum. Covers most major conflicts and branches of service. Many weapons were not easily identified in the arms room area. Make sure to check out the sub periscope.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

I really enjoyed the creative exhibits. Interesting information! It is free and the staff are knowledgeable.

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Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

A very nice military museum with with all branches of service represented. Inside the exhibits are top notch. Outside there are over 12 vehicles will placed so you can take pictures of them from all sides. Most of the items outside are not labeled, but if you know your military hardware it should be easy to identify them. For me... More 

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Thank Bruce S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

We have lived in this area all our lives and have never been here. Decided to take some out of state friends here today. This place is outstanding. Interesting, well designed displays of Iowa military history from Civil War to present. Also a nice Iowa Highway Patrol display. The Curator asked if any of us had family from Iowa who... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is fabulous. Go see it even if you are a local. There are few things to know and consider when visiting this museum. The words Gold Star in the name of the museum has meaning. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson suggested the mother's of sons killed in combat wear a black band with a gold... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

What a great little museum!! I can't believe it has been right under our noses all these years and we just now discovered it! A fantastic little museum at Camp Dodge that honors Iowans that have served in wars. I would allow 1-3 hours depending on how much you want to read. Very interesting! We will definitely go back!!!

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Rolla, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

Excellent military museum centered around the Iowa National Guard. Great displays from early to modern. Staff is quite knowledgeable and friendly. Defiantly worth the stop and price (Free)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

We almost passed on visiting this museum. What a mistake that would have been. The museum is not huge, but the the displays are pristine! I think the best I have ever seen. Clean, well kept, hands on for the kids, and great information. Take time for this one!

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Thank Carl R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2016

Every Iowan should visit this site. The incredible artifacts and information housed here is amazing in scope and displayed to highlight their importance. My only complaint is this gem is NOT advertised at all. With Iowa Public TV located only about a mile away why is there not an hour long program developed to let every Iowan know it even... More 

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