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Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum

Hours: Open February – December
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Admission: Free; donations encouraged
Parking: 2-hour on-street parking available in front of building on 3rd St Unlimited on-street parking in additional 3rd St spaces

Ice House Museum

Hours: Open May – October
Wednesday, 1 – 4 pm 
Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Admission: $5; Free for children 12 and under
Parking: Free parking in large lot beside the museum

Little Red Schoolhouse

Hours: Open May – September
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Admission: Free; donations encouraged
Parking: Free parking in large lot behind the museum

Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum

Step back over 150 years to the Victorian era in Cedar Falls. 

This Italianate style home was built by Azel D. Barnum in 1863, and it’s teeming with furnishings, photographs, and everyday objects from the 1880s-1900s. Its stately cupola has watched over the Cedar River and the growing city of Cedar Falls for generations, and it remains a prominent landmark today. 

Our Carriage House addition also houses our special exhibition gallery, hands-on kids corner, and Lenoir model railroad display.

Click here for information on our special exhibitions.
Visitor Information 
308 W 3rd St, Cedar Falls 

Open February - December: 
Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4
Sunday, 1-4 

Free admission; donations encouraged. 

Our volunteers serve as hosts at the home on the weekends, and you may want to call in advance to confirm that we are open: 319-266-5149.
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Ice House Museum

Built to hold 16 million pounds of ice!

Visit the only museum in the U.S. that tells the story of ice harvesting in an original ice house! This 1921 round structure contains tools once used to cut ice from the Cedar River right nearby. Try hands-on activities, watch videos, and experience an international industry that brought fresh food to the world. Learn how this once-common business transformed our culture and daily lives.
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Visitor Information
121 Center Street  (Click here for parking map)

CLOSED for the season
Open seasonally, May through mid-October
Wednesdays, 1-4
Saturdays, 10-4
Sundays, 1-4

$5 admission fee; 12 and under free

Please note that we are not able to process credit cards at the Ice House Museum; we will accept cash or personal checks.

We are in the process of installing restrooms in the museum, but there are currently no restroom facilities.

Little Red Schoolhouse

Tour this 1909 one-room schoolhouse and experience a long Iowa tradition.

From the slate blackboard to the potbellied stove, this schoolhouse recalls a time when brothers, sisters, and neighboring children gathered together to learn in a building like this. Imagine the students stoking the fire, reciting their lessons, and singing songs.

More than 9,000 one-room schoolhouses once dotted the Iowa landscape; the memories remain in this modest red building.

Click here for information about our Summer at the Schoolhouse program.
Visitor Information 
205 W 1st St, Cedar Falls 

CLOSED for the season
Open May through mid-October: 
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4 pm  

Admission free; donations encouraged.
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Behrens-Rapp Filling Station/Visitor’s Information Center

Visit this 1925 filling station for local travel information from May through October.

This early station features visible glass pumps, vintage signage, and other unique gas station paraphernalia. The Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau provides the directions with maps, brochures, and booklets to help visitors navigate the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area.

The station is an especially good stop for bike trail users with shady benches, trail maps, and an air compressor.
Visitor Information
221 W 1st St, Cedar Falls

Open May - October 
7 days a week 
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
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William J. Lenoir Model Railroad Collection

Watch the railroad days come to life!

The Carriage House Museum is proud to display the famous William J. Lenoir Model Railroad Collection—the only exhibition of Lenoir’s work. Bill Lenoir’s model trains are magical miniature replicas of brass steam locomotives, gas-electric cars, passenger cars, freight cars, and railroad structures. His hand-built wonders circle through an intricate village scene, capturing the tiniest details—from flickering dining car lights to overflowing coal cars. A pioneer in model train building, Lenoir painstakingly crafted his replicas to the scale of ¼ inch to the foot (known as O-gauge scale).
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Please note that due to the age of the layout and the delicate nature of the electronics involved, the trains will only be running for special occasions. The layout is always available for viewing during our open hours.
Visitor Information 
Located in the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
308 W 3rd St, Cedar Falls  

Open February - December: 
Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4 
Sunday, 1-4 

Free admission; donations encouraged.
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Group Visits

Plan a guided tour of our Ice House Museum, Victorian Home, or Little Red Schoolhouse, and participate in hands-on activities related to the site’s history.

For all guided tours, please make tour reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Tour costs are as follows:
Ice House Museum
$5 per adult
$1 per child, ages 4-12

Little Red Schoolhouse
$2 per adult
$1 per child, ages 4-12

Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
$2 per adult
$1 per child, ages 4-12
For all tours
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • One bus driver and one tour host free per group 
  • Free for school field trips (including K-12, preschool, and homeschool groups)
  • One adult required to supervise every seven children 
  • Tour admission must be paid by check or cash 
Call 319-266-5149 or e-mail our Education Coordinator for more information about tour content or to register your group.

Educational Fieldtrips

Our museums bring history to life for students of all ages! 

Schedule a class trip to the Ice House Museum, Victorian Home, and/or Little Red Schoolhouse, and participate in hands-on activities related to the site’s history. 
For the best experience, please note our school group policies and procedures: 
  • Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, if possible. 
  • Fieldtrips may include a scavenger hunt, and/or a presentation, as well as an activity. 
  • Activities can be planned for one or more of our sites. 
  • Groups of 25 or more might be split into 2 groups. Each group will participate in a different activity, at the same or at a different site; the groups then will switch half way through the programming time. 
  • One adult for every 7 students is preferred. 
  • Fieldtrips are offered free of charge to school groups and home school groups.
Please e-mail Diane Schupbach, Education Coordinator, or call 319-266-5149 for more information. 
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