Ames Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Current Exhibits

Feature Exhibit:

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Exploring Historic Ames: Unique Selections from the Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive

This exhibit features photos collected by Farwell Brown, Ames historian and founder of the historical society. The photos on display were chosen from the collection based on their ability to place visitors in the past. Featured photos include early interiors of Ames businesses, stereoscope images taken by Martin Morrison, and a life-sized replica of the H-tree, which serves as a photo op for visitors. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library, which hosts the full photo collection on its website.

Current smaller exhibits include:

Miss Ames 1938
Artifacts from the Attic: Alexander Plow Company
Ames Bottlers
Younkers Little Shop

Special lobby exhibit: panorama of parade for World War I soldiers returning home, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11.




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, and museum display space. Artifacts are currently stored in off-site storage facilities. Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history.