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The Kaleidoscope Factory

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Build your own Kaleidoscope

Of the places to visit in Pocahontas, this is a must see. Got to see what makes a kaleidoscope... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2018
Patrick H
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Interesting and Entertaining

Leonard Olson was the artisan who shared his story and how he came to love being a kaleidoscope... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Dorothy B
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Watch kaleidoscopes being made. See wood turning demonstrations. Learn about the "magic" inside a kaleidoscope by seeing one completed right before your eyes. Visit the free Steven Kaleidoscope Museum housed inside.
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214 N Main St, Pocahontas, IA 50574-1624
+1 515-408-1269
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Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

Of the places to visit in Pocahontas, this is a must see. Got to see what makes a kaleidoscope work and then pick out specific colors to make a unique souvenir. Also has some great woodworking.

Thank Patrick H
Reviewed May 1, 2018

I had read about this in Iowa's Travel Guide and knew we would be passing through and figured I'd see what it was all about. My husband is really into cribbage and I had read that they had cribbage boards for sale there. We weren't...More

Thank Cassie W
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Leonard Olson was the artisan who shared his story and how he came to love being a kaleidoscope maker. He started with a square of walnut , turned it on a lathe into an egg shape. He allowed me to pick out stones to design...More

Thank Dorothy B
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Terrific Experience! I have always wanted a good quality kaleidoscope and now I have one made by THE MASTER OF KALEIDOSCOPES-Mr. Leonard Olson! The highlight of the day was chatting with Leonard...he is so interesting, funny, mellow and cordial. We stayed for over two hours...More

Thank gdmontana
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Lots of interesting Kaleidoscopes. We really enjoyed our visit. You can tell he has great passion for what he does. Well worth the stop.

Thank Aimee R
Reviewed November 25, 2016

We pulled into town after dark on our way to a campground and thought we'd see if the Kaleidoscope Factory would be open the next day. I looked through the glass door and low and behold a little old man with a long white beard...More

Thank rs03nc
Reviewed July 4, 2016

Neat wooden kaleidoscopes, puzzles, games and toys. We were just pasting through town - really glad we stopped in. We got a make your own kaleidoscope kit and a wooden airplane for our 4 year old son (he loves it). The shop keep was delightful!

Thank DayTrippers3
Reviewed June 24, 2016

Very interesting experience. I always wondered what made a Kaleidoscope so pretty inside. After assisting with making one now I know. If you are near Pocahontas stop in and see this amazing place. Leonard, the owner, was a very interesting fellow so we talked a...More

Thank 358vikih
Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Leonard Olson and his shop were recently featured on TV so we just had to visit the place when we were in town. He welcomes everyone in and has a friendly spiel that is great for kids. He'll make a little egg-shaped kaleidoscope while you...More

1  Thank Pferdina
Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed this, he was very patient with my 3 year old wanting to play with the hand made pull toys. Would like to come again when my boys are older!

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