Ames Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Current Exhibits

Feature Exhibit:

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped Ames


The exhibit tells the local story of sports in Ames - from town teams to Iowa State to Ames High - in conjunction with a Smithsonian traveling exhibit about hometown sports on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts across the street. The exhibit will be open September 29 - November 11, 2018. Special extended hours for the duration of this exhibit: Mon - Sat, 10-5; Sun 1-5. See more information about the whole exhibition here.

Current smaller exhibits include:

James Herman Banning
Artifacts from the Attic: Dolls
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


Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00pm

Usual hours: 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.