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Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

Closed Now: 08:30 - 16:00
Open today: 08:30 - 16:00
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Military History!

The history of Iowa in the Military. Very interesting displays, some that were very realistic... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Ellen K
Great Military Museum

This is a great military museum. It has tons of guns on display that range from the civil war all... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
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7700 NW Beaver Dr, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-2043
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

I have been fortunate to visit some of the beaches of WWII battles including Normandy and Iwo Jima. Believing it was a nice gesture I gave 5 small 1oz. bottles of this hallowed ground to the museum. The curator later called me and said they...More

1  Thank mschae8125
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The history of Iowa in the Military. Very interesting displays, some that were very realistic. The names of people that are or were neighbors or relatives or that you've heard of and how they served was a surprise. A lot of honors to fellow Iowans.

Thank Ellen K
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is a great military museum. It has tons of guns on display that range from the civil war all the way up to the war on terror. There are a lot of world war 2 guns from both sides. There are German machine guns,...More

Thank IowaRod
Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is a good destination for military collectors. Those interested in weapons and such. We did not have children with us, but I feel it would hold their interest.

Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

A lot of people don't even know that the museum exist which is a shame. We've come to this Museum numerous times and it just gets better and better. From the static display of aircraft and Equipment outside to the exhibits inside it's a great...More

2  Thank CycloneIowa
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We were on the north side of Camp Dodge and checked out the tanks and plane there. See pics. The kids adored this. You can see forever South from this point! FREE! Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. Very family friendly.

1  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Great History lesson. I was surprised to see such a nice museum. I had often passed the place but never went into the building. There were a few people in there ( I think a young military group) and they were very polite and learning...More

1  Thank Moorepet
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This is on a military base so adults need military ID to get on base. Also, take the signs regarding seatbelts and no texting very seriously. Depending on when you are present, there may be a fair number of military personnel walking throughout the base....More

1  Thank On_The_Road29360
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was my yearly visit to the Gold Star Museum and it did not disappoint me. They added two army vehicles outside and opened up the east exit. where two tanks are displayed, along with a large howitzer, to the public.

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

During Memorial Day weekend they have men and women dressed in different period uniforms. A lot of military information and even an old plane hanging in one room. Interesting old photos and items that would make a jr high or high school history lesson come...More

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