In addition to public programming provided throughout the year, Forest Park Museum offers a variety of historical and cultural programs for presentation to school groups, civic organizations, nursing homes, and other interested parties.
Bring your group to Forest Park or have one of our naturalists visit your organization for a personalized experience of Dallas County's unique cultural heritage.
The exhibit halls of Forest Park Museum are constantly undergoing updates and improvements. In Hastie and Baldwin Halls, graphic panels highlight topics such as farming, business, child labor, and railroads. In addition to perennial favorites, collections and interpretations are rotated throughout the season.
The GAR: Grand Army of the Republic Post in Redfield houses a fine collection of military artifacts with Dallas County significance, and is a must-see for the military enthusiast.
Visit Voas Museum to view a collection of rocks, fossils, and minerals from across the United States and around the world. Rare native elements, dynamic quartz specimens, and fossils are on exhibit.
Come back often -- there’s always something new to see!
Turtle Exhibit at Forest Park Museum
A special traveling turtle exhibit can now be seen at Forest Park Museum. This interesting exhibit is from the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. Funding was provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program.
This display features hands on activities, two live turtles and many interesting facts about these unique creatures. Most people are unaware of the important role turtles play in ecosystems around the world. Many turtle species, including some in Iowa, are threatened with extinction. “Turtles!” explains the life cycles and threats facing these animals in a way the entire family will enjoy. Please come enjoy this free exhibit!
Forest Park Museum is located south of Perry, Iowa off of highway 141 on K Avenue. For additional information please contact the Conservation Board Office between 8 am and 4:30 pm at (515) 465-3577.
Conservation, Preservation, Restoration
Recording oral histories is a valuable way to document our history, interpret our cultures and provide insights into the museum collections, programs and events. Railroaders, small farmers, small town business people and others have unique memories of events and of day-to-day life that are being recorded to provide the next generation of historians with valuable resource material.
Our historical and cultural coordinator continues to document the recent histories of individuals in our county who have witnessed and been a part of our county's recent history.
Artifacts and Material Collections
Each of our artifacts are numbered and cataloged so provenance and artifact history can be easily accessed. Museum exhibits are developed to reflect our unique Dallas County history.
Forest Park Museum has completely organized and updated a listing of all documents, diaries and letters available to researchers. These documents range from company histories to civil war and civilian diaries. The museum's photo collection is in our database and staff can assist researchers in looking up photo subjects on request.
For more information, or to register for any of our programs and events: