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Amana Heritage Museum

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Address: 4310 220th Trl, Amana, IA 52203-8025
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+1 319-622-3567
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History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment...

History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment in Utopian living.

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German Heritage Amana Colonies

Enjoyed my visit, great learning experience and the historical reenactment was superb. Reasonable admission fee ($7) for an adult. This is part of our German American Heritage in... read more

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Maria C
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed my visit, great learning experience and the historical reenactment was superb. Reasonable admission fee ($7) for an adult. This is part of our German American Heritage in the Midwest.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum itself is kind of old fashioned (think static displays,of photographs and antique furniture), but be sure to stop and watch the fascinating 20-minute film. It explains why believers of the Amana faith (no relation to the Amish!) left Germany and settled in the Iowa countryside in the 1850s. It's a well-told video!

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Thank CrossgarDown
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This is an absolute must when visiting Amana. It explains the history of Amana in an interesting and educational fashion. If you skip the museum you probably won't really understand what the Amana colonies were. THEY ARE NOT AMISH! Be sure to watch the 20 minute video at the main house. Take your time going through the museum buildings. Read... More 

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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The movie provides a good overview of the history of the Amana colonies. The museum is very small. Anticipate spending 45 minutes total at the complex.

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Thank Alicia S
Victoria, Texas
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Very good look at the history of the area, how the original settlers managed day to day life. Fun stop.

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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this museum thinking it would be a good way to kill 30 minutes & stayed for 2 hours. Lots of interesting facts and well explained displays. Loved the fact that you could dial a phone number & listen to actual german descendants explain a few of the exhibits. Almost sounded like our Gramma Rose telling us about portions... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great for history buffs. While the exhibits are not classy museum grade quality, they defiitely make their point and tell the story well. Nice timing, will spend about an hour here. Very good and a must if you want to go here for more than just shopping. The volunteers are often decendents of old Amana residents and are really worth... More 

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Haines City, Florida
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Was met by very friendly volunteer who recommended the complete package tour. Also recommended local attractions which were interesting and fun. Worthwhile to take time to learn the history of the immigrants who founded Amana. A lot of history set in an attractive quiet area.

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Thank Marvin S
Wayzata, MN
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was an excellent way to start our journey to the Amana Colonies. The 20-minute (or so) video gave us so much information about the colonies, how it started and how it changed over the years. The video alone was worth the $7.00 per person donation fee. The older couple manning the information desk were members of the society and... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to start your visit to the Amana Colonies, you get a good overview of how everything began and can visit two other buildings in the complex to enhance your knowledge of the Amana way of life. This is basically a self guided tour so you can take as long as you wish going through the Noe House and... More 

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