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Johnson County Historical Society

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Address: 860 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA 52241-2226
Phone Number:
+1 319-351-5738
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Johnson County Historical Society is a private, non-profit group committed...

Johnson County Historical Society is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.

In addition to the JCHS Museum, the society also manages and interprets four historic sites: Plum Grove Historic Home, the 1855 Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum, Coralville Old Town Hall, and the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse.

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Some interesting history

We went here for the antique cars but this was part of the ticket price. Was interesting to wander through and read about some of the local history.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Johnston, Iowa
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Johnston, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for the antique cars but this was part of the ticket price. Was interesting to wander through and read about some of the local history.

Thank Peanut977
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Great to show visitors. It is a quick view of Ia from 1840 to present. Shows the start of the Morman trail and what they went through.

Thank cdhcch
Manhattan, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

$5 admission, children under 12 free. Focuses on towns and major figures within the County. Also has presentation on Mormon/Latter Day Saints move from Europe to Utah that was interesting. Presentation of implements, tools used. In same building with Antique Car Museum that requires another $5 admission.

Thank roadtripmajik
North Liberty, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim. It was very educational with many artifacts and displays with storyboards throughout. They had displays covering the Home Town Dairy, Mormons and their handcart expeditions, and Native Americans who were here. There were also areas devoted to telling brief histories of each community in the county, including some of the ghost towns. Some of... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

The Johnson County Poor Farm is in part a Historical Society property. The old living quarters are on the Historic Register, and one of only a few of the once common poor farm structures in the state still standing in its restored condition. Contact the Historical Society for instructions on viewing. But it's more. Grow Johnson County, with the support... More 

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Saint Louis
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

The historical society is a great place to tour and see as a museum and the staff can be very helpful for those needing or wanting to do research.

Thank Melaniemily
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

The local historians are doing there best to make this place family friendly. There were exhibits with hands-on activities for the children and reading displays for the adults. Too bad we were the only ones there, but then again I must keep in mind it was Feb. and kids are in school.

Thank C G
Dixon, IL
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

This museum shares half of a large building with the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. I appreciated how it told both the perspective of the Native Americans as well as the White settlers. There were several interactive things for children to enjoy, as well.

Thank bearded_bard
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Learn about the history of the county and then go to one of the nearby restaurants, Japanese, Marriott or pub food to enjoy the new neighborhood.

1 Thank mjrg59
Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

This museum is highly informative of Johnson County's history. I learned a great deal of how and why communities formed. There are quite a few interactive exhibits for children. It was a happy accident that I found this place (it actually shares a lobby with the Antique Car Museum of Iowa).

1 Thank Francisco O

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