It's a fascinating and eye-opening day out in Waterloo at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, honoring the service and sacrifice of Iowa veterans from as far back as the Civil War, right through to present day.
Part of the Grout Museum District, this Veterans Museum allows visitors to step into real stories from the frontline through traditional exhibits, as well as interactive activities and the electronic Wall of Honor.
In fact, the museum has over 35 interactive exhibits to explore, filled with first hand stories, diaries, letters, memorabilia, and oral histories to support these eye opening stories.
You can learn all about Iowa's involvement with the Vietnam War, or enjoy interactive experiences at the Communications Stations. Explore how Iowans answered the call to arms in April 1917, and hear detailed account and experiences of Iowan Veterans in the theater.
Kids can learn all about life on the homefront during both World Wars - and experience with a much greater educational reward than just reading a book, and even gain an understanding about the Spanish American War.
From Korea's "Forgotten War" to the role of locals in the infamous Civil War, and even a preproduction of the Sullivan's living room to really take you back to life in another time, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum really offers an incredible range of learning experiences for the whole family.
$6 (Age 4 to 13)
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit! There are plenty of places
Check out the hands-on display where kids can make their own dog tags
It's a great learning experience for students so call in advance to book that field trip
Give them a call to check on the accessibility of the exhibits, they will be happy to answer any questions!
Visit the other museums in the Grout Museum District!