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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, Iowa 50301 USA

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“How the midwest became the most productive farm in the world”

Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. This 500-acre open-air museum tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. Travel at your own pace through five time periods spanning 300 years: the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; the 1850 Pioneer Farm; the 1875 town of Walnut Hill; the 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and the modern crop center. Visit lasts two to five hours. The purpose of Living History Farms is to make the public aware of the significance of agriculture in the development of America. Living History Farms will present the changes that have occurred in farming methods, concepts and technology, and interpret the significance of those changes both in historical and modern life. By showing authentic models of historical and modern farming, Living History Farms enables visitors to observe and participate in these processes and relate them to their lives.

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June 06, 2017
Rated 5.0

I came here as a kid and have wanted to bring my kids here for a long time. I finally got the chance and it was every bit as fun as it used to be. My kids range in age from 16 to 10 months and everyone had a good time. Even if you only have a couple of hours, it's worth the stop!

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July 18, 2014

Love this place. Period dressed docents...trams for travel...great for all ages.

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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, Iowa
50301 USA

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