Farm & Museum
A project of Mahaska County
Historical Society Inc.


Open May through September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday thru Saturday

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday

Closed Monday


Buses and Tour Groups Welcome

Please make advance arrangements by calling  (641) 672-2989


Ask the Curator via e-mail

Bradbury Hall Inquiries via e-mail


Genealogy Library Hours

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday

during open season


Admission Fees

$   7.00 - Adult

$   2.00 - Student (age 6-18)

    FREE - Child (5 & under, with adult)

    FREE - Historical Society Member

$   2.00 - K-12 Education Groups

$   5.00 - Groups of 10+


 2211 Nelson Lane - P.O. Box 578 - Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577   Phone: (641) 672-2989
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Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum Closed for the Season

Daniel and Margaret Nelson settled their farm in 1843. They raised six children here. Two Civil War veteran mules made their home with the family. In 1958 when grandchildren Roy and Lillian died, the farm became the home to the Mahaska County Historical Society.

Since 1960 we have been honoring the rural pioneer, sharing his life and her thoughts through the place they lived, the skills they had and the items they left behind.

A visit to Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is a walk in the past. Join us Tuesday through Sunday every week for a quiet self-guided exploration or come on a special event day for programs and presentations of days gone by.  Many events include hands-on activities.

So come share the fun and enjoyment of Nelson Pioneer Farm - not just another old farm!


The last open day of the 2019 season is Sun., Sept. 29.  Be sure to keep your eye on our events page for special events. We'll reopen to the public May 2020.


We are not a public park. We are a historic site with specific open hours. In order to protect our buildings and artifacts, we have to operate in this way.

Photographers, we appreciate that you enjoy our views enough to bring clients here. But you need to call our Director Margaret at 641-672-2989 or email her at to get permission. She needs to let our caretaker (who lives on site) know that cars and people will be around the site and that they have permission to be there.

Thank you for complying with our policy.


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