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.</br>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.</br>Picnicking is permitted. </br>
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.