Browse Our Collection

Peek into our collection

Ames History Museum is the keeper of local history. Artifact and archival collections tell the story of Ames history, establish a unique sense of place, and strengthen the community’s collective memory.

Part of our collection can now be accessed online! Staff and volunteers will continue to add more of our artifacts to the online database throughout the coming years.

Browse our collection here


Interested in donating?

In order to avoid duplication of collecting efforts by other historical organizations within Story County, Ames History Museum defines its area of responsibility as the city of Ames and its immediate vicinity from the prehistoric era to the present.

If you have an artifact that you would like to donate please fill out the form linked below or contact our Collections Manager, Carly, at  Objects are considered for our collection based on relevancy, size, condition, age, and interest.

Collections donation form

Ames History Museum does not provide authentication or monetary appraisals of donations.