Ames Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Current Exhibits

Feature Exhibit:

In Trunks, Hands, and Hearts: What Immigrants Bring to Iowa


Through six traveling banners created by the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, this exhibit tells stories of immigrants to Iowa from a variety of places and times through the things that were brought (objects, skills, traditions, customs, etc.). Several supplementary panels were created to tell Ames immigrant stories. On display through November 11.

Current smaller exhibits include:

Stevens Block
Artifacts from the Attic: Dolls
A City Afloat: Floods of the 1990s




416 Douglas Ave # 101
Ames, IA 50010


(515) 232-2148


Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Other times by appointment.

The Ames History Center is located at 416 Douglas Avenue. The building was paid off in early 2012, but the Society continues to rent out about half of the building to cover operating costs. The Society occupies the entire first floor of the building, accessible from the main entrance on the corner of Douglas and 5th.

The History Center includes archival storage, offices, a media room, meeting space, and display space. Artifacts are currently stored in five off-site storage facilities. Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history.