The Museum is placing a temporary pause on accepting new donations. We are currently in the process of updating our collections policy and storage. At this time, we would like to focus on the items already in our care. Please stay tuned for updates and we hope to be accepting new donations soon.

If you have a research request or wish to purchase from the gift shop, call 641-228-1099.

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The Floyd County Historical Museum is wheelchair-accessible throughout the building. Use the main entrance facing the rear parking lot.


The Floyd County Historical Museum offers complimentary wifi throughout the entire building.

Must See Attractions

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Hart-Parr / Oliver / White Tractor Collection

Contains company history files, annual reports, company photographs, negatives and slides, union records (United Auto Workers union, Local 1415), motion picture films, technical manuals, blueprints, sales literature, artifacts from the factory and tractors produced in the Charles City, Iowa, plant. Collection spans 1889-1995.

Note: Original and reprinted manuals are for sale as well as Oliver motion picture films transferred to video tape. Please call the Museum for more details.

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Local History & Artifact Collection

Over 50,000 artifacts ranging from pre-history through the twentieth century, primarily focusing on the period 1850-1950. Includes household, agricultural, professional, trades, leisure, transportation, decorative arts, textiles, folk art, and military-themed materials.

+ Newspaper clippings, monographs, obituaries, and research papers on the history of Floyd County. Collection spans 1850-present. About 25 linear feet.

image taken at the front entrance of the John G. Legel Drug Store in Charles City, Iowa at the Floyd County Historical Museum

John G. Legel Drug Store

Collection of artifacts from the Legel Drug Store in Charles City, Iowa. Collection contains apothecary bottles, store fixtures, mixing / compounding / distilling / dispensing apparatus, medical appliances, general merchandise, and ephemera. Donated in site to the Floyd County Historical Society and opened as a museum in 1962. Collection spans 1884-1962.

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Log Cabin & Early Pioneer Life

As you walk through the doorway imagine yourself living in an 1850s log cabin. The entire family lived in one room which served as a kitchen, dining room, living room, and parent's bedroom. The children slept in the upstairs loft. The fireplace was the heart of the home providing heat, light, and cooking facilities.

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Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Collection

Several artifacts and about 1.5 linear feet of documents pertaining to the noted woman suffrage leader and founder of the League of Women Voters, who was reared in rural Charles City. Collection spans about 1890-1995.

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Charles City Model Railroad Club

HO-scale train layout established 1980. Club meets weekly at the Museum, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Admission & Membership Pricing

Admission Price
Age 13 and up $5.00
Age 6-12 $3.00
Children under 6 FREE

When one trip to the Museum isn’t enough, become a member to explore again and again. Members get invitations to exclusive events, discounts, and more.

Memberships Price
Single $20.00
Family $40.00

Hours of Operation

Day Hours
Tuesday (Phone Only) 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm