Dickinson County Museum - where History LIVES!

About the museum

In 1961, the Dickinson County Historical Society was formed to preserve the history of Dickinson County. The museum was established in 1970 at the Lakes Art Center. As the museum began to expand, it moved to the former Chicago-Milwaukee railroad depot in 1973. The Historical Society then purchased the depot in 1975 and added an orange caboose next to the depot. A brick addition was added to the museum in 1995 to expand the collections.

Currently, the museum houses 9 permanent collections and 3 temporary collections. Preview our collections on our Museum Exhibits page.

The Dickinson County Historical Society and Museum is a proud member of the Lakes Area Museum Alliance (LAMA) and the Iowa Museum Association.