Ames Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Current Exhibits

Feature Exhibit:

Season's Greetings: Christmas through the Years

This exhibit features six Christmas trees from different eras, larger-than-life photos from Ames Christmas seasons, a vintage Christmas village, and fun, interactive holiday activities. Join us in celebrating the holiday season!


Current smaller exhibits include:

Julia Laughlin: Ames' Woman Station Master
Early Ames Autos

Coming soon:

World War II: Ames Doing Its Part

Opening Saturday, January 14



416 Douglas Ave # 101
Ames, IA 50010


(515) 232-2148


Monday through Friday afternoons from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and other times by appointment.

*Beginning December 1, our hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. We will be closed Sunday and Monday.

The Ames History Center is located at 416 Douglas Avenue. The building was paid off in early 2012, but the Society continues to rent out about half of the building to cover operating costs. The Society occupies the entire first floor of the building, accessible from the main entrance on the corner of Douglas and 5th.

The History Center includes archival storage, offices, a media room, meeting space, and display space. Artifacts are currently stored in five off-site storage facilities. Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history.