Current Feature ExhiBit:
Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped Ames
The exhibit tells the local story of sports in Ames - from town teams to Iowa State to Ames High - in conjunction with a Smithsonian traveling exhibit about hometown sports on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts across the street. On display September 29 - November 11, 2018.
Special extended hours for the duration of this exhibit: Mon - Sat, 10-5; Sun 1-5.
See more information about the whole exhibition here.
Current Smaller Exhibits:
Fly With Banning
James Herman Banning was the first African American pilot to fly across the Continental United States. He learned to fly while living in Ames.
Artifacts from the Attic: Dolls
This exhibit tells the story of a family doll found in an Ames attic, and features other dolls from our collection.
This exhibit provides information about two bottling companies in Ames and features several bottles from our collection.
Younkers Little Shop
This exhibit tells the story of Ames Younkers. The Ames store on Main Street, known as "Younkers Little Shop," was the first branch store, opening in 1941.
Permanent exhibits include a timeline of Ames history, aerial views, and our player piano.
Cathedrals of the Plains: A Photo Series of Midwest Grain Elevators
This exhibit featured photography by Judith Eastburn along with the Ames elevator story. Judith Eastburn holds an MFA in Photography from The University of Iowa. She has taught photography courses at levels ranging from children to university students for the past twenty years. Her work has appeared in twenty four juried shows, and she has presented eight one-person shows. The Froning & Deppe grain elevator and its predecessors were a feature of the downtown Ames skyline for a hundred years, from the late 1870s until 1979.
Ames Hi Aiming High Through the Years
This exhibit featured the four Ames High School locations and included stories about academics, athletics, clubs & activities, social life & events, and performing arts during the era students attended each school building. The exhibit also included a wall with names of all Ames High graduates.
In Trunks, Hands, and Hearts: What Immigrants Bring to Iowa
World War II: Ames Doing Its Part
This exhibit commemorated the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II. The exhibit featured stories about day-to-day life in Ames for those at home who supported the war effort in countless ways. It included engaging photos, information, and artifacts that told the story of Ames' involvement in the war.
A Time of Expansion: The Ames Building Boom of 1915-1916
The years 1915 and 1916 brought great expansion to the city of Ames. In that short time Ames saw the building of the Sheldon-Munn Hotel, a new City Hall, the Masonic Building, and Mary Greeley Hospital. This exhibit focused on the history of each of these iconic buildings and how they impacted the community at the time. The exhibit included photos from the buildings' pasts, historical objects representing each building, and fun interactive activities for the whole family. Exhibit sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center.