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      Older tractor models display at The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

      John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

      Bring history to life!

      Hear the clang of the hammer. Feel the heat from the forge. Watch the iron melt and take shape. Stand in the spot where John Deere created the first commercially successful steel plow, and relive the experience of his original blacksmith shop. Discover where our story began at the John Deere Historic Site!

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      There’s something for everyone at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. Explore our collection of Deere equipment at the site of the very first Deere tractor factory.

      Tractor models display at the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum


      Discover rare artifacts from our storied past. Trace the history of John Deere from a simple steel plow to today’s modern working machines.

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      Grip the handles of a steel plow and test your strength against real horsepower. Explore the history of John Deere in our interactive exhibits.

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      Free admission

      Because we’re proud of our heritage and encourage everyone to share in our storied history, each John Deere Attractions Site is open to the public and completely FREE.

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      Regular hours:
      Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm
      Sunday: Noon–4pm

      Holiday hours:
      Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

      Closed early at 3pm:
      Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day

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      The John Deere Tractor & Museum is located on the west side of the TechWorks Campus, a 30-acre advanced manufacturing, innovation, and commercial center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.
      Check the map.

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      Contact us

      John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
      500 Westfield Avenue
      Waterloo, IA 50701
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      Take a tour

      Explore the museum yourself or add a tour guide to your visit. Guided tours are available for free upon request. Schedule your tour in advance or ask museum staff about availability.

      For information on group tours, call 319-292-6126 or email us.

      Three young children pulling ropes on an interactive display experiencing how hard it is to pull a plow

      Educational and fun school field trips

      The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum offers tours for school groups of all ages. Students can explore a variety of hands-on activities and interactive displays to learn how the agricultural innovations of the past guided the way for modern farming equipment and technology.

      Tour guides lead all school field trips. The entire tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and can be scheduled year round.

      While you’re in the area

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      Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum – Waterloo, Iowa

      The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honors all Iowans who have served the nation from the Civil War to the present. The core mission of the museum is the collection, preservation, and interpretation of their stories and artifacts.
      Directions to Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

      Interior of the Phelps Youth Pavilion in Waterloo, IA

      Phelps Youth Pavilion – Waterloo, Iowa

      The Phelps Youth Pavilion is an interactive children’s museum featuring over 40 hands-on exhibits related to art and culture. Exhibits feature experiences that take kids around the world.
      Directions to Phelps Youth Pavilion

      Interior of the Grout Museum in Waterloo, IA

      Grout Museum – Waterloo, Iowa

      The Grout Museum of History & Science’s collection focuses on the period from 1833, when Iowa was opened for settlement, to the present.
      Directions to Grout Museum

      A man going down waterslide at the Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo, IA

      Lost Island Waterpark – Waterloo, Iowa

      Relax and enjoy a tropical paradise at Iowa's largest waterpark, featuring 14 slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, three children’s play areas, one of the largest go-kart tracks in the Midwest, and two 18-hole miniature golf courses.
      Directions to Lost Island Waterpark

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      Hartman Reserve Nature Center – Cedar Falls, Iowa

      This 300-acre wooded reserve features lakes, valleys, prairies, and meadows teeming with wildlife. Six miles of trails provide ideal areas for running, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
      Directions to Hartman Reserve Nature Center

      Interior of the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium in Waterloo, IA

      Bluedorn Science Imaginarium – Waterloo, Iowa

      A playground for the imagination, this interactive science center provides fun, hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science impacts everyday life. Visitors may also enjoy a science demonstration at scheduled times.
      Directions to Bluedorn Science Imaginarium