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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Enjoying the farm

I have been to Living History Farms many times with my grandkids. Each time we go we discuss with... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Jim L
Urbandale, Iowa
Take in some real history

Plan to spend a full day. It's best during planting and harvest seasons, but any time is good for... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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Living History Farms is located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa in Urbandale and is conveniently located right off Interstates 35/80. It is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. 300 years of agricultural history are represented including a 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and an 1875 town. Tours are self guided and historic interpreters are at each farm site are dressed in clothing from each era to explain what it would have been like to live in that time. The general touring season is May 1 through October 14th. Many special events and historic dinners take place in the off-season. Visit the website for details.
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have been to Living History Farms many times with my grandkids. Each time we go we discuss with real examples how their grandpa, great and great-great grandparents lived and worked on Iowa farms. The farms give us the opportunity to do some hands on...More

1  Thank Jim L
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Plan to spend a full day. It's best during planting and harvest seasons, but any time is good for a visit. If you really want to experience 1800's living, have dinner at the Tangen home (requires reservations).

2  Thank JamaicaDave_13
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I love to go visit the Living History in the Spring and tour the shops to watch things being made the old fashioned way. Sometimes I can take a riding tour on a gay rack pulled by horses. The old farm house is great to...More

2  Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have visited Living History on numerous occasions & varied times of seasons. This is one outing that everyone in the family will enjoy. I never tire of the experience I get from the extra activities that change.

2  Thank nancyaI6889PL
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Was a very enjoyable night with a delicious dinner eaten under lanterns!! Had a fun program telling us all about superstitions. Played a game dealing with that also.

1  Thank glhawk20
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Many people would find a tour of a old time farm interesting. Starting with seeing how a local Indian people farmed before The United States was formed. You then see how the early white settlers established their farms during the pioneer days. From there, you...More

2  Thank seacorp
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the authentic farms, plus the delightful walk from one to another. Guides were helpful and thorough and we got a good sense of how life was lived through the centuries on the Iowa plains. The historic town was delightful, again with guides providing solid...More

1  Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This place is the best place to learn about history, they are always adding something new every year. Make sure that you try the sasparella.

1  Thank MattStreit
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

This museum has successfully captured American pioneer and small town life in the 1800s. So many shops with interesting and knowledgeable staff - print shop, farm machinery, drugstore, and so on. Our favorite stops were the kitchens where museum interpreters were cooking Apple and French...More

1  Thank Carpediemsollasollew
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Take a trip through Iowa History by visiting Living History Farms. See what it was like to live on the prairie in the early 1800's through the 1900's. This is a true treasure to be experienced in Iowa. It is near several Hotels and a...More

1  Thank Charles N
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5 July 2017|
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Response from Jim L | Reviewed this property |
No reservations needed. The hours are 9:00 to 4:00.
2 February 2017|
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Response from LivingHistoryFarms | Property representative |
Hello! Yes we will have Circuit Court Day on July 29th this year. We do not have any Barn Dances scheduled for this season. Thank you for writing!
6 October 2016|
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Response from LivingHistoryFarms | Property representative |
Hi - thank you for your question. Dogs are always welcome at Living History Farms. Dogs must be on standard (non-retractable) leashes, and remain outside buildings and away from livestock. We, of course, ask that you clean... More