Museum Crawl

Museum Information & Activities


About the Museum

The museum features a rich collection of agricultural antiques, milk bottles from 50 states, one-room school memorabilia, historic milking machines, cream separators, butter churns, and replica farm tractors and implement.

Special Activities

  • 10:00 A.M.  Hand Cranked Homemade Ice Cream Demonstration and Cottage Cheese Making Demonstration. Samples Given
  • 2:00 P.M. Hand Cranked Homemade Ice Cream Demonstration and Fresh Cheese Curds Making Demonstration. Samples Given
  • Homemade Ice Cream and Homemade Cookies and coffee served throughout the day.
About the Museum

The museum is “on-growing” in the Masonic Temple with exhibits including an old school room, WWI display, Ericksons Toy Room, fire hose cart, and old farm toys and tools.

Special Activities

  • Outside there will be a 1941 Farmall and a 1960 John Deere tractor.
  • They will welcome everyone in period attire and serve refreshments.
About the Museum

The Swedish Heritage Museum was started in 1991 by the Swedish Heritage society in an effort to encapsulate the Swedesburg history and genealogy they loved so dearly and share it with future generations. Exhibits highlight the immigrant experience as well as early farm, homestead and school life on the prairie. The County Store, Blacksmith Shop (with upstairs living space), Huckster Wagon and Swedish Stuga are all part of the tour that local volunteers enjoy showing visitors.

 Special Activities

  • 10am and 2pm Demonstration of how to make Scandinavian Aebelskivers (Puffed/filled Pancake Balls). Will have some for tasting throughout the day.
  • Scandinavian Heart-Basket Weaving. Will have a table set up for hands on basket weaving. Paper, template, scissors will be supplied.
  • 9am to 4pm Tours of the museum buildings will be given as usual by local volunteers.
About the Museum

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure was originally built in 1909 as a mitten factory on the first floor with the Masonic Lodge upstairs. Other businesses later occupied the space, namely creameries.

Displays include many former businesses, military, quilts, agriculture, 1930’s era kitchen, and a one-room school. The library houses genealogy, school, and county records. An authentically furnished train depot was moved to the site in 2012 and includes an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia. Also on the property is “The Little White Chapel in the Woods” which holds six small pews and the pulpit.

Special Activities

  • 9:30-11 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m. you may churn butter, knead bread, shell and grind corn to name a few of the tasks you may perform the ‘old fashioned’ way. ‘Tasting included.’


  1. Wayland & Midwest Memories Museum
    217 West Main Street – Wayland
    From IA-78, turn south onto N Washington St in Wayland. Travel 0.2 miles into Wayland and turn right onto W Main St. The museum is on the south side of the street.
  2.  Winfield Museum
    114 South Locust – Winfield
    From Hwy 218, continue onto IA-78 East. Follow signs to stay on IA-78 E until it splits into Locust St/Oasis Ave. Turn left/north onto South Locust St. Travel 0.6 miles into Winfield and the museum will be on the left.
  3. Swedish American Museum
    107 James Avenue – Swedesburg
    Museum is located in Swedesburg, just west of Hwy 218. From Hwy 218, turn west onto 140th St toward Swedesburg. Continue for 0.2 miles and turn left at the first cross street onto James Avenue. Museum will be on the right.
  4.  Dover Museum & Railroad Depot
    213 West Main Street – New London
    From Hwy 218 South, take US-34 East. Continue for 5 miles, then turn left onto 260th. Continue ahead to New London for 1.7 miles as the road becomes Old US-34, then Main St. The museum will be on the right (south).

Websites & Facebook Pages

Wayland & Midwest Memories MuseumWinfield Museum Swedish American MuseumDover Museum & Railroad Depot

Museum Crawl Passport

Make sure you see all 4 musuems with their unique displays, demonstrations and activities!

Pick up a Passport at your first stop, get it punched at all 4 locations and you will be eligible to win a Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl Gift Basket!

Governor’s Proclamation


WHEREAS,     Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric, natural resources, identity and memory of our state through the careful stewardship of art, artifacts, archives, the built environment, flora, fauna, and historic sites; and
WHEREAS,     Iowa’s museums provide educational resources and programs which support educators, expand learning opportunities for all ages, and provide active learning environments; and
WHEREAS,     Iowa’s museums enrich our communities and contribute to the state economy through job creation, industry attraction, and worker retention; the purchase of goods and services; and as leading visitor destinations, attract tourism revenue to their communities and the state; and
WHEREAS,     for all these reasons, Iowa’s museums play an important role in enhancing quality of life throughout our state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the week of June 12-18, 2017, as


and encourage the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.

Questions? Contact Byway Coordinator  Diana Hughell 641/472-6177, or by email at