Franklin County Museum

Find Franklin County Iowa museums, such as art museums and galleries, childrens museums, natural history museums, science centers and discovery museums. Museums provide exhibits related to modern and fine arts, history, science and nature, dinosaurs, engineering and more.


Franklin County Historical Museum 1008 Central Avenue West Hampton IA 50441 641-456-5777


Latimer Historical Museum 108 South Akir Street Latimer IA 50452 641-579-6452

Quasdorf Blacksmith Wagon Museum Train Street Dows IA 50071 515-852-3595

About Franklin County Museums

Franklin County Museums contain a collection of scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic artifacts, specimens, and objects, usually housed within a single building or campus, which is used for research and public education in Franklin County, IA. A Museum's collection is both a reflection of prior research efforts and the subject of current and future research. Franklin County Museums also make collections and research accessible to the public, at least in part, through Franklin County exhibits and educational programs. Museums and their collections may be focused on any one of a vast array of disciplines. Museums in Franklin County can serve relatively narrow fields of interest or cover a wide terrain of subject matter.

You may contact Museums for questions about:
  • Franklin County Museum exhibits and collections
  • Event and exhibition calendar
  • Franklin County Museum tickets
  • Volunteer and employment opportunities
  • Museum donations and membership
Natural History Museums

Franklin County Museums of Natural History, which are often found in large metropolitan centers, own massive collections of specimens and items from the natural world, including living and extinct animals and plants, as well as geological objects such as rocks and minerals. Many also collect and display anthropological and archaeological artifacts. Much of the collection of a Museum of Natural History may not be on display.

Art Museums

Franklin County Art Museums display works of art in galleries that may be devoted to a diverse range of artists and art genres from various eras, or an Art Museum may focus on specific artists or styles. Art Museums require substantial amounts of funding to both acquire and care for their costly collections.

History Museums

Franklin County History Museums are dedicated to preserving and teaching about the past, and may focus on a particular historical event or movement, the history of a region or locality, or an individual of historical significance. Historical Museums may be very small. For example, many local Franklin County Historical Societies run History Museums that are essentially a historical home or site converted into a Museum for public viewing. Others may be large and consist of multiple buildings from a historic era, restored and furnished with period pieces.

Children's Museums

Children's Museums in Franklin County, Iowa cover a wide range of subject matters, including scientific, historical, and cultural topics, and they are designed to engage the interest and curiosity of children. Exhibits are oriented toward young learners and are far more interactive than other Museums.

Specialty Museums

Franklin County Specialty Museums are Museums dedicated to narrowly defined topics of interest. They include Halls of Fame, Toy Museums, Textile Museums, and Wax Museums.