Dallas County Forest Park Museum and Arboretum

14581 K Ave.
Perry, IA 50220- Map It
Phone: (515) 465-3577

AAA Editor Notes

Dallas County Forest Park Museum and Arboretum is .4 mi. s. of SR 141 on K Ave. Cultural and natural history displays include mining tools, early transportation artifacts, farm equipment, a one-room schoolhouse and an 1860s log cabin. Of interest is a hand-carved cabinet containing a machine built to produce electricity by a method that remains a mystery. Its inventor, Henry Nelson, died before its scheduled 1903 unveiling. Also on display are personal artifacts of native son and architect Bill Wagner as well as the Wagner Scale House, his former office, and a gallery exhibiting his sketches and drawings. The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs through the grounds. Picnicking is permitted.
Hours: Grounds open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Museum open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, Sat.-Sun. and holidays 1-4:30, May-Oct.; Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, rest of year. Museum closed Jan. 1, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Allow 1 hour minimum.