The Des Moines County Heritage Center Museum located at 501 N. 4th Street opened in 1898 as the Burlington Public Library. One hundred years later, the DMCHS renovated the historic building, preserving the detailed woodwork, the elegant open spaces, and many other architectural features. The Heritage Center is open 12pm to 5pm Wednesday thru Sunday. Admission is $6 for Adults and $3 for Children 3 to 11 years old. Under 3 is free.
Sitting proudly at the top of Snake Alley, the Phelps House at 521 Columbia Street in historic Burlington, Iowa sheltered three generations of one family for over 100 years. Built in 1851 and enlarged in 1870, the multi-level home has watched over Burlington through struggles, wars, prosperity and poverty. The Phelps House is open weekends from May thru September, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Other times by appointment. Admission is $3 per person.
Hawkeye Log Cabin
The Hawkeye Log Cabin was originally built in Crapo Park in 1910 as a meeting place for the Hawkeye Natives gentlemen’s club. Now furnished with artifacts from the bygone era, it represents the lifestyle of those hearty men and women who sought a new life on the Iowa frontier. The Cabin is open weekends from May thru September, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Admission is by donation.
The Mission of the Des Moines County Historical Society is to communicate to residents and visitors the history and creative spirit of those who have lived in the area known as Des Moines County, Iowa.
The Des Moines County Historical Society will collect items for preservation, documentation, display, and research which relate specifically to the history of Des Moines County, Iowa: its people, settlement, agriculture, business, industries, culture, arts, archeology, and built environment. By instilling pride in our heritage and fostering the understanding of our past, we will better comprehend the present and our prospects for the future.