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Living History Farms

  • Region: Northwest
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Phone: (515) 278-5286
Overview
Amenities
Meeting Facilities
Events
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Looking for a unique gathering place? Living History Farms has indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, daytime retreats, receptions and picnics. Museum tours, catered meals and horse-drawn wagon rides are also available.

Attraction Information
General Information
  • Admission Price: Adults, $15.50; Ages 2-12, $9; Ages 1 & under, free. Senior Citizens (60+), active and retired military (with valid ID, valid for immediate family) and AAA members, $14.50.
  • Hours of Operation: Noon - 4 p.m. Sun; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-Sat.
  • Season: May 1 - August 27, daily; August 30-October 20, Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Self-Guided Tours:
  • Specialty Tours (Ex: Kid-friendly):: We offer free brochures at http://www.lhf.org/en/visit/steer_your_step__visit_guides/ Touring with children under 5; The Science of Life (aimed at children 4-6th grade); Architecture (teens/adults); Historic Textiles (adults); Fitness (adults).
  • Tour Length: 2-4 hrs, arrive by 2 p.m. to tour entire museum.
  • Tour Times: Tours are self guided
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 1050
  • Total Sq. Ft. 2039
  • Reception Capacity 128
  • Space Notes Murray Conference Center is not available during summer months.
  • Theatre Capacity 185
  • Banquet Capacity 128
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Classroom Capacity 45
  • Outside Catering? true
  • Wireless Internet Available? true
William G. Murray Conference Center
  • Theater Capacity: 115

Cabin Fever: Beer 'n' Bread

  • March 4, 2017
    3 - 6:30 PM (Two Sessions 3-4:30pm or 5-6:30pm)

Cabin Fever: Festival of Cheese

  • April 1, 2017
    3:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Two Sessions 3-4:30pm or 5-6:30pm)

Family Easter

  • April 15, 2017
    From: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Living History Farms - 2017 Season Open

  • May 1, 2017
    Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday noon-4:00pm

Tractor Day

  • May 13, 2017
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Decoration Day

  • May 27, 2017
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 1pm procession, 1:30pm baseball game

Historic Baseball Game


  • 1:30pm baseball game

Homeschool Day

  • June 2, 2017
    Activities 10:00am-noon & 1-3pm

Fido on the Farms

  • June 3, 2017
    Open 9-4, Activities 11-4

Pioneer Wedding

  • June 17, 2017
    11:00 AM (Open 9-4, Ceremonies at 11:00 am and 1:30pm)

Teacher Appreciation Day

  • June 23, 2017
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Big Country Bash

  • June 25, 2017
    Doors open @ Noon; Music begins @ 1pm

Independence Day

  • July 4, 2017
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Open 9-4, Activities 11-4)

Ioway Culture Day

  • July 15, 2017
    Last tractor cart to 1700 Ioway Farm leaves at 2pm

Circuit Court Day

  • July 29, 2017
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Grain Harvest

  • August 5, 2017
    Open 9-4, Activities 11-4

Victorian Birthday

  • August 12, 2017
    Open 9-4, Activities 10-3:30

Living History Farms 2017 Fall Season Open

  • August 30, 2017 - October 20, 2017
    Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday noon-4:00pm

Photography Day

  • September 16, 2017
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Historic Quilt & Textile Show

  • October 4, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Corn Harvest

  • October 7, 2017
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Victorian Funeral

  • October 14, 2017
    Open 9-4, funeral begins at 1pm

Family Halloween


  • 10.19.17 at 5:30 PM - 10.22.17 at 8:30 PM

Living History Farms Race

  • November 18, 2017

Family Christmas

  • December 2, 2017
    MarketPlace Museum Store (open noon-7pm)