Living History Farms

  • 11121 Hickman Road | Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Phone: (515) 278-5286
  • Region: Northwest
  • Overview
    Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains and connects people to Midwestern rural life experiences. Touch, play and engage at our working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm — and in our 1875 Town of Walnut Hill.
  • Amenities
    Attraction Information
    General Information
    • Admission Price: Adults, $15.75; Ages 2-12, $9; Ages 1 & under, free. Senior Citizen (60+), active and retired military (with valid ID, valid for immediate family) and AAA members, $14.75; Living History Farms Members - free
    • Group Rates: Groups of 12 or more receive $1.00 off regular admission price.
    • Hours of Operation: Noon - 4 p.m. Sun; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-Sat.
    • Season: May 1 - August 26, daily; September 1 - October 19, Wednesday-Sunday.
    • Self-Guided Tours:
    • Specialty Tours (Ex: Kid-friendly):: There are many different ways to experience Living History Farms. Download a themed Visitor Guide – choose from a guide designed for parents visiting the Farms with Children Under 5, a guide for students in 4-6th grades about the Science of Farm Life, a guide to the Historic Architecture found at our farm sites, a guide to the Historic Textiles located throughout the museum, a Fitness Guide for Living History Farms’ trails, a visitor guide exploring Diversity & Immigration, or guide of the museum’s Livestock program. Each guide will give you suggestions for things to see and questions to ask as you make your way around the Farms. (Visitor Guides are also available upon request at our Admissions booth)
    • Tour Length: 2-4 hrs, arrive by 2 p.m. to tour entire museum.
    • Tour Times: Tours are self guided. More information available at:
  • Meeting Facilities
    Facility Info
    Meeting Rooms
    • Description Please see description of our four primary rental spaces - Flynn Barn, Murray Conference Center, Visitor Center and Visitor Center Celebration Room
    • Floorplan File Floorplan File
    • Space Notes Murray Conference Center is not available during summer months. Flynn Barn is not available during winter months.
    • A/V Capabilities? true
    • Outside Catering? true
    • Free Parking? true
    • Wireless Internet Available? true
    • Number of Rooms 4
    William G. Murray Conference Center
    • Theater Capacity: 115
    Visitor Center
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 10481
    • Classroom Capacity: 335
    • Banquet Capacity: 156
    • Reception Capacity: 335
    Flynn Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 2784
    • Banquet Capacity: 161
    • Reception Capacity: 286
    Flynn Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 2784
    • Banquet Capacity: 161
    • Reception Capacity: 286
    Visitor Center Celebration Room
    • Banquet Capacity: 44
    • Reception Capacity: 97
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