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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 Historical Society Membership

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Mahaska County Historical Society, Inc., operates Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum. Membership in the Society is available on an individual or family basis, in annual terms or for a one-time purchase of a lifetime membership.


Family membership includes all minor children living in the home. A lifetime family membership will include the married couple for the lifetime, and any minor children either born or adopted to that family.


Members in good standing receive free admission to Nelson Pioneer Farm during regular hours, special members-only admission rates to events and programs, quarterly newsletters, 10% discount at our museum gift shop, and 10% discount on rental fee for Bradbury Hall (excludes security deposit and other fees).


A membership meeting and potluck dinner is held quarterly on the third Monday evening of the months of February, May, August, and November.


2019 Annual Dues - $12 for Individuals

                                 $20 for Family/Grandparent