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Pioneer Village

138 East US Highway 6

You have to see it to believe it... The largest private collection of Americana anywhere. The Pioneer Village complex comprises 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development. There are 12 historic buildings around the circular "green". There's a Frontier Fort, a real honest-to-goodness Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, and a home made of sod. There's a general store and a toy store, chock full of all the goods from yesteryear. An original art collection including 25 Currier and Ives prints, 23 Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues. You can ride a priceless steam carousel, see 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. See a 1902 Cadillac and a 1903 Ford, both designed by Henry Ford, plus 350 other antique cars, all displayed in their order of development. For a relaxing trip into yesterday, come to Pioneer Village.


Sirenna McDonald

Sunday, June 24, 2018
My husband and I just left from there. To look at it from the outside, it looks forgotten about, but when you get inside, it is worth every penny!!! We were truly amazed at how many things are there to look at! We like to read about items so it took us from 9:30 until they closed at 6 to get through everything! We could have stayed two days if we had the time! The hotel on site was good. The room was clean and there was hot water!

Susan Woodward

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
Love history and tacky tourist sites. This was awesome! They have stuff I have never seen before. This family collected things for every decade through the 80's. I believe it to be more fun to see our History is a dying America and enjoy!

Mark Marineo

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Round out your vacation with a history lesson This place is unique/ put together in the 50s by Harold Warp who did well in business with plastics. His display signs explain what you're looking at, how it was used and why it was important-- in a user-friendly way that informs and explains rather than trying to impress, as sometimes is done by other museums. Example: gasoline irons freed housewives from the hot house and allowed them to iron outside but didn't really catch on because they sometimes turned into infernos. It's easy to spend all day here-- so much to see. I spent twice as much at a famous Chicago museum and had enough after an hour-- but returned here the next day to finish the tour after being on California time, confusing the closing time, and being rescued after setting off security alarms after closing. Americana history delivered with a personal touch.


Sunday, July 15, 2018
I wouldn't consider myself a history person, but the HUGE collection that this museum has along with the low price of admission gave me no choice but to give it a 5/5 rating. We planned to stop on our way to South Dakota and and got there about 3:15 thinking they closed at 4:30. We were still planning on visiting anyway because we figured it wouldn't take us more than an hour to walk through. Due to the amount of stuff they had to look at, we were quite wrong and ended up saying till almost 6pm. To the person who enjoys history, they could easily spend a whole day at this place.

Corita and Paul

Monday, July 9, 2018
Worth the time and effort to get here. One man's well-organized hoard of Americana. A history lesson in building after building of everything from old appliances to a blacksmith shop, covered wagons, quilts, clothes, classic cars and furnished, typical "living spaces" from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s or so when the founder (and collector) stopped collecting and said "enough". And there's enough here to keep you occupied for hours. While Pioneer Village isn't in a state of arrested decay, it is a bit run down which sets it apart from many of today's sanitized and frankly, boring museums. This one isn't.

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