Nishna Heritage Museum

Take a trip back in time when life was simpler.

The Nishna Heritage Museum, located in Oakland, Iowa, brings the history of southwest Iowa to life through various historical exhibits. The displays tell the stories of the individuals who settled in Oakland in the late 19th century.

In 1975 the Oakland Historical Society converted a former grocery store built in 1905 into the museum it is today. Visitors will be emersed in several different aspects of southwest Iowa’s history. Exhibits include a 1900s era kitchen, church, barbershop, and blacksmith shop. Items like early farm machinery, late 19th-century clothing and toys, and a 1902-dated telephone switchboard will transport you to a simpler time.

Located next to the museum, visitors will find the Nishna Heritage Garden, which features the “Time” mural created by Malvern artist Zack Jones. The garden also features picnic seating, native grasses, trees, flowers, and other public art pieces.

The museum is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated. Visit the Oakland Historical Society’s website or Facebook page for more information.

This post was originally published on January 25, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.