image of the main floor tractor room in the floyd county historical museum

Explore the history of the heartland. The Floyd County Museum in Charles City, Iowa is one of the Midwest's largest rural county museums, with over 50,000 artifacts depicting prairie life, both agricultural and industrial.

image of the outside of the floyd county historical museumListed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum's home is the former Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories building at 500 Gilbert Street. It is 40 miles east of Interstate 35 on the Avenue of the Saints (US Highways 18 and 218). Click Here For Directions

In 1999, the Museum opened its climate-controlled exhibit area, featuring historic farm tractors, implements, and tools of the last century.

Charles City is the birthplace of the gasoline-driven tractor, and the Museum displays several models manufactured here: Hart-Parr, Oliver, and White.

Be sure to see the turn-of-the-century drug store, the country school classroom, and other period rooms as well. The Museum owns Floyd County's oldest existing building, the Muchlar cabin, built-in 1853. To learn more about the Museum's holdings, go to our collections page.

Admission & Membership Pricing

Admission Price
Age 13 and up $5.00
Age 6-13 $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



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.