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Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

7700 NW Beaver Dr, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-2043
+1 515-252-4531
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Underrated museum with lots to see

This is on a military base so adults need military ID to get on base. Also, take the signs... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ankeny, Iowa
Still the best miitary mueseum in Iowa

This was my yearly visit to the Gold Star Museum and it did not disappoint me. They added two army... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bruce S
Edina, Minnesota
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7700 NW Beaver Dr, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA 50131-2043
+1 515-252-4531
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is on a military base so adults need military ID to get on base. Also, take the signs regarding seatbelts and no texting very seriously. Depending on when you are present, there may be a fair number of military personnel walking throughout the base....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my yearly visit to the Gold Star Museum and it did not disappoint me. They added two army vehicles outside and opened up the east exit. where two tanks are displayed, along with a large howitzer, to the public.

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During Memorial Day weekend they have men and women dressed in different period uniforms. A lot of military information and even an old plane hanging in one room. Interesting old photos and items that would make a jr high or high school history lesson come...More

Thank caymankim
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The Iowa Gold Star Museum is a MUST SEE for every Iowan and others who love history! It is located within Camp Dodge Army National Guard camp. It is a fantastic collection of all kinds of historical artifacts, displays and information about Iowans who have...More

Thank evansK2
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I like to go visit Camp Dodge to see the tank in front and other US Army equipment parked around the camp. The museum is interesting and I enjoyed reading about heroes.

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent facility! Exhibits are informative and pay special attention to our Gold Star heroes. Staff is very helpful and friendly and the curator is extremely kmowlegable. In addition there is a meeting room which our BSMA use monthly. I would make two suggestions and they...More

Thank Ropit64
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We visit several times a year with our children. We love that it's free and rarely busy. Great to see the history of the Iowa National Guard. They are constantly adding to the museum. My kids always love looking out the real periscope and playing...More

Thank newuanda
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We recently visited that. It is located in Camp Dodge (hint - be sure to come in the south entrance. They will also want to see an ID such as a drivers license). It has artifacts and information about all the wars, dating back to...More

1  Thank Starr S
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Good military museum. Covers most major conflicts and branches of service. Many weapons were not easily identified in the arms room area. Make sure to check out the sub periscope.

Thank 8Zebra211
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I really enjoyed the creative exhibits. Interesting information! It is free and the staff are knowledgeable.

Thank rapC3645ZK
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