Main Building
  • Main Museum
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  • front
  • Machine Shed
  • Peg Barn

  • Old Time Jail and Outhouse
  • One Room Schoolhouse
  • Burlington Northern Caboose
  • Glenwood Lake Park
    The museum is located inside the park. After visiting, be sure to stay and picnic, bike, fish, or stroll around the lake!

Welcome to the Mills County Historical Museum

2 Lake Drive • Glenwood,Iowa •





Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sundays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Your visit to the Mills County Historical Museum in Glenwood, Iowa can take you back more than 150 years when Iowa was being developed with homes, farms, businesses, railroads and schools.Changes in transportation and agriculture can be observed along with the progress of family life through home furnishings and clothing displays. Histories of the county's communities, including Glenwood, Malvern, Mineola, Pacific Junction, Hastings, Emerson, Henderson and Silver City can be visited.

Seven historical buildings from Mills County, Iowa are available for touring. The main museum has undergone recent remodeling and includes two floors of displays. The Mills County Historical Museum is home to the largest display of Prehistoric Native American Artifacts in the state of Iowa. Outbuildings include a reconstructed peg barn, community jail, relocated outhouse, rural one-room schoolhouse, a large machinery hall and a Burlington caboose.


Group Tours

The Mills County Historical Museum offers group tours by appointment. We recommend allowing a minimum of one hour to visit the entire museum complex.

Featured Exhibit

For a short time, there will be a temporary display showcasing a collection of authentic Civil War artifacts in the first level of the museum.

Area Links

Indian Creek Historical Society& Museum
59256 380th Street
Emerson, Iowa 51533
(712) 824-7730
Mineola Historical SocietyPO Box 174
Mineola, Iowa 51554
(712) 527-0353

Malvern Historical SocietyLinda Marshall

Pacific Junction Historical Society& Museum
Pacific Junction, Iowa 51561
(402) 203-1232 Gary Williams (712)527-9519 Pat Holmes

Tabor Historical Society& Museum
PO Box 584
Tabor, Iowa
(712) 629-3164