Historical Sites

Noe Schoolhouse - Amana Heritage Museum
Amana Heritage Museum
4310 220th Trail, Amana


March Hours

Saturday 10am-5pm
Monday-Friday 11am-3pm

Summer Hours

April 1 through October 31
Monday—Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

The Amana Heritage Museum is comprised of three 19th Century buildings, set in spacious grounds. The Noé House, built in 1864, was originally a communal kitchen and later a doctor's residence. Exhibits in the Noé House trace the history and development of Amana, depict a church interior, and display the varied crafts and industries of the Inspirationists. Temporary exhibits and special programs focus on particular aspects of Amana's culture. The Schoolhouse was built in 1870. An audio visual presentation on Amana's history is shown regularly in the Schoolhouse auditorium.

The original washhouse/woodshed, an integral part of communal Amana, houses wine-making and gardening displays.


Blacksmith Shop
Homestead Blacksmith Shop
4119 V St., Homestead, IA


By appointment only.

The original village blacksmith shop and forge. Visitors will learn about the role of the blacksmith in the economic life of the community.

The building also houses a working offset printing press and Linotype machine. Printing demonstrations on Saturdays during the summer.


Communal Kitchen
Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum
1003 26th Ave., Middle Amana, IA


May through October

Built in 1863, the "Rüdy Küche" (Ruedy Kitchen) is the only intact communal-era kitchen remaining in the Amanas. The kitchen is preserved as it appeared in 1932 when it served community members for the last time. Visitors can see the kitchen with the large brick hearth, the dry sink with its wooden tubs, and the original implements used to prepare meals. In the dining room, tables are set for a communal meal. A guide explains the daily routine of the kitchen workers.

The Cooper Shop was built c. 1863. On exhibit are tools and products of the cooper's (barrelmaker's) trade.


Amana Community Church Museum
Amana Community Church
4210 V Street, Homestead, IA


May through October

This Amana Community church building is one of seven Amana village churches of the Community of True Inspiration. Built in 1865, from local brick, this church building looks much as it did 130 years ago.

Hosts guide visitors through the church, explaining the religious background and history of the Community of True Inspiration, and the present day Amana Church. You will learn about the architecture of the church building, and the beliefs and practices of the Amana Church Society.


High Amana General Store
High Amana General Store
1308 G St, High Amana, IA
Phone: 622-3232


Winter Hours

in March

Summer Hours

April 1-October 31
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-3pm

Established back in communal days in 1857, the store's exterior and interior have remained virtually unchanged all these years. The original tin ceiling, wooden floor, and glass-topped display cases still remain. Throughout the store are charming reminders of the good old days, of a simpler time, of the past preserved. They just don't make stores like this anymore, and there sure aren't many of them left in existence! The store is truly a "museum" and an authentic general store in one.

We have stocked the shelves with an interesting variety of hard-to-find trinkets and unique treasures from days gone by. We offer a wide assortment of gift and food items, toys, books, housewares, handmade soaps, and much more, all reasonably priced. Everyone is sure to find something that brings a smile to their face.

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