Ames History Museum

Upcoming Events

Current Exhibits

Feature Exhibit:


Uncorked: The Spirited History of Alcohol in Ames

From the founding of Ames as a dry town, to prohibition-era bootlegging tales, to modern-era microbreweries and VEISHEA disturbances, the stories told here show the complex relationship the Ames community has had with alcohol through the years.

The exhibit is supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.

Current smaller exhibits include:

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

Special lobby exhibit: timeline of the history of alcohol in Ames




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 Museum 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 Museum 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.