Authentic Traditional Communal Amana Dinner


Any date, by special reservation for groups of 15 or more.
Contact us to make a reservation

Enjoy a three course dinner of appetizers, main course, and dessert featuring traditional Amana communal kitchen favorites. Served in one of the Amana Heritage Society's historical buildings. Special programs can be included. Call the Amana Heritage Museum at 319-622-3567 or email for pricing and to make arrangements.

Winterfest Communal Kitchen Breakfast


9:00 A.M. | $10.

The event is full and we are no longer taking reservations

As part of the Amana Colonies' annual Winterfest celebration Saturday January 21, the Amana Heritage Society will be firing up the historic wood-burning hearth in the Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana to serve a communal-style breakfast. In addition to enjoying the delicious meal, participants will be able to see how the hearth works, how communal kitchen women worked and learn some of the history of the Ruedy Kitchen house.

Breakfast will be served at 9:00 A.M. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Please call 319-622-3567 or email

Amana Heritage Museum Easter Egg Hunt


 9:00 A.M.
$6 per child.

We are full and are no longer taking reservations.

Children 12 and younger are invited to join in the annual Amana Heritage Museum Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 9:00 A.M. Each child will be able to find a basket filled with treats including traditional Amana colored eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children and will bring along some of his real rabbit friends. Bring your cameras.

Reservations are required, and the hunt will go on whatever the weather (indoors if necessary). Cost is $6. The museum is located on main street in the village of Amana.



We will be closed on Easter, April 16.

Communal Kitchen Dinner


6:30 P.M.
$22 per person

Come and see what it was like to have dinner in a Communal Kitchen! We will be hosting a dinner composed of traditional Amana recipes. Dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M at the Middle Amana Communal Kitchen Museum. Cost is $22 per person and reservations are required. Please call 319-622-3567 or email


German Iowa Traveling Exhibit


From April 26- May 8, 2017, the Amana Heritage Museum will host a traveling exhibition about Germans in Iowa put together by scholars at the University of Iowa. Learn more about the exhibition by visiting

German Iowa & the Global Midwest Event


German Iowa & the Global Midwest at the Amana Heritage Museum

Commemorate and celebrate over a century and a half of German Iowa right here in the Amana Colonies. Experience the traveling exhibit and the new Noe House exhibits all day for FREE!



9am WWI Amana Veterans Remembrance

9am Amana History Video

9:45am Welcome by Jon Childers, Executive Director, Amana Heritage Museum

10:00 German Iowa During WWI by Prof. Dr. Glenn Ehrstine, University of Iowa

11am to noon Visit the Amana Heritage Society Archives to sample its treasures

11am Play Video (11, 11:30, 12, 12:30)


1pm The Amana Society during World War I by Jon Childers, Amana Heritage Museum

2pm Celestial, Local, and German: The “Amana” Meteorite as Historical Nexus by Prof. Dr. Tyler Carrington, Cornell College

3pm Roundtable discussion

5pm Community Open House Reception.  Everyone is invited to celebrate Amana’s Heritage

The German Iowa & the Global Midwest are sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies with major funding by the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professorships and with the generous support of the Chicago Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.





The Amana Heritage Society will be selling our famous currywurst, bratwurst, and potato pancakes at Maifest. Along with these scrumptious usuals, we will also have Obst Kuchen, the traditional Amana fruit custard pie. 

We will be set up in front of the Festhalle barn from 10-4, or until we run out.

Wine Walks


3:00 p.m. Every Friday, June 2-September 22

Stroll through the village of Amana with your guide as you learn about Amana's winemaking traditions, stopping at the local wineries to sample their specialties. Tours leave from the Amana Heritage Museum at 3:00 P.M. every Friday from June through September. Cost is $5.

Prelude to Christmas


This year Prelude to Christmas at the Amana Heritage Museum will feature a special exhibit on "Amana Christmas." Created specially for Amana's Prelude to Christmas celebration December 1-3, the exhibit transforms the museum auditorium into an old fashioned Christmas room.  It portrays Christmas in Communal Amana as it would have been celebrated over 100 years ago, as well as more recent traditions and present day celebrations.  It includes a 150-year-old Christmas pyramid,  19th century decorations, many historical photos, vintage Christmas cards, and a unique Amana Christmas decoration: a "Leuchter" or candle chandelier.