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


 2211 Nelson Lane - P.O. Box 578 - Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577   Phone: (641) 672-2989
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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+


Bradbury Hall 


Now booking for 2020 and 2021!

*New prices effective October 2018, see below*


Bradbury Hall Rental Quick Facts


Reservations must be made no less than two months in advance.


Rental Fees:     Half-day Rental:              $250

                          Single Day Rental:           $500               

                          Two Day Rental:           $1,000                        

                          Three Day Rental:         $1,500

                          4 hour Add On:                $100   

                          Use of Grounds:               $200

                          Alcohol Fee:                    $200

                          Security Deposit:             $250 (refundable after event)


Rental Area:  60’ x 120’


Capacity:  380 seated (8' rectangular tables and chairs included in rental to meet this capacity)


Availability:  Year-round


Accessibility:  Wheel-chair accessible except stage


Amenities Available:  Catering kitchen, PA system, stage, projector screen (no projector), wireless internet


Vendors:  All vendors selected by client


Use of Grounds:  This is defined for the use of open areas of the grounds for an outdoor ceremony or arranging with the director to have the historic buildings open and available for guests to view during your event. Photography of the exteriors of the buildings are included in the standard rental fee.


Alcohol Policy:  Beer and wine may be served on premises with the payment of the alcohol fee and providing a certificate of liability* from client’s insurance company with minimum coverage of $1,000,000.  Any cash bar or beer and wine sold must comply with Iowa state law and Renter have proper license for event. HARD LIQUOR IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.

*If your insurance does not provide single-day special event insurance, you may consider looking at for a special policy.

Packages Available

Half-day Rental:

7 hour rental period falling between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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Single Day Rental:

Key pick up – 8 a.m.

Key drop off – 10 p.m.


Ideal for luncheons, showers, graduation parties, birthday parties, reunions, awards receptions

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Two Day Wedding Rental:

Key pick up – 12 p.m. the day before the event

Key drop off – 12 p.m. the day after the event


Building usage – Day before event: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

                             Day of event:  8 a.m. to midnight

                             Day after event: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Standard wedding usage. (i.e. set up begins noon on Friday, the reception is Saturday, tear down finished by noon on Sunday)


**If you anticipate difficulties with set up and tear down in the allotted times above, we recommend considering the three day rental or adding the 4 hour add on or another half-day to your contract**

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Two Day Non-Wedding Rental:

Key pick up – 8 a.m. on first day

Key drop off – 10 p.m. on second day


Building usage – First day:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                            Second day:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Ideal for retreats, reunions

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Three Day Rental:

Key pick up – 8 a.m. the day before the event

Key drop off – 10 p.m. the day after the event


Building usage – Day before the event:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                            Day of event:  8 a.m. to midnight

                            Day after event:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Ideal for weddings with significant set up and/or tear down needs, having wedding couple open gifts with family