EXHIBITS

We are very proud to share our heritage with you!  Here is a sample
of what you will see when you visit us. 

MAIN STREET

Step back in time to stroll our Main Streets!

Three streetscapes provide you a chance to experience the 50', 30's,and Victorian era.  Enjoy the stores as they may have been.

You will not want to miss some of the photo opportunities on our streets!

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The Teddy Bear Museum

Beginning with a Teddy Bear Reunion in1990, this exhibit showcases a permanent display of teddy bear art from around the world. Step into this exhibit, and learn the history of the childhood toy that was named after a president, while enjoying decades of teddy bear art.

Among the collection:

  • Local artist, Steve Schutt

  • History of the Teddy Bear

  • Prototypes for Smithsonian Exhibit

  • Teddy Bear Reunion Vignettes

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Agriculture Hall

Over 16,000 square feet of original and restored farm tractors and construction machinery, horse drawn wagons, carriages, sleighs and implements on two levels awaits you. Between two buildings we have about 100 restored tractors!

 

The balcony houses over 2,000 collectible toy models of all kinds in showcases for the toy enthusiast. Below the balcony are large rooms housing individual historical displays from Wright County, the North Central Antique Tractor Club of Iowa, an ice harvesting display, and a working railroad exhibit.

All four walls in the Ag Hall are a showcase in themselves, displaying rare and unusual farm implement signs and clocks with one working neon sign as large as the tractor it advertises.

There is a children's area for supervised climbing and playing on a large farm tractor replica.  The majority of displays have an educational component for the readers and researchers to pore over.

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DUTY AND HONOR

This exhibit takes time to thank veterans for their service to the United States Armed Forces. Among the collection are artifacts from local veterans. Each branch of the military is represented.

A scaled down model of the U.S.S. Iowa is included in the collection.

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Alvina's Hat Parlor

Alvina Sellers from Clarion became the "Iowa Hat Lady".  Her hat parlor and milinary shop contains a collection of hats, clothing, and other items that belonged to her.  She created a career with her hats and wonderful stories!  Be sure to try on a hat for a "selfie"!

Among the collection:

  • Over 300 of Alvina's 6,000+ Hats

  • Stories from her 5,636 Programs

  • Video from her David Letterman Appearance

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Dale Feller Display

We are proud to have over 150 of Dale Feller's handmade replicas.  Dale grew up in Wright County, and among other things, raised mink for a living.  In his spare time, and after retiring, Dale hand-crafted boats, cars, tractors, trucks, and so much more.

Pictured above is a partial photo of just one of the walls of Dale's items.