WW1 Special Exhibit

WWI Special Exhibit AHS in collaboration with the Amana Arts Guild created a special exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI. The exhibit is still on display in the Amana Heritage Museum’s Noe House through Spring 2020. WWI Veterans Artwork for Sale If you would like to purchase an artwork created as part of…

Library Archives

The library and archives contain works printed by the community and related volumes from the 18th century to the present. Manuscripts include thousands of letters by community members and by leader Christian Metz (1794-1867), which we have catalogued and indexed. Passports, citizenship papers, account books, maps and diaries are also part of the collection. Most…

Artifacts

The strengths of the museum collections include artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries that were manufactured by the communal Amana Society. The Amana people produced approximately 75% of the collection items. They created textiles such as woolens and calico, clothing of all sorts made in the community (1500 pieces); furniture and furnishings (2400…

Museum Collections

The Amana Heritage Museum collections are comprised of approximately 12,000 objects and 10,000 archival pieces. The collections are housed in three historic, communal-era buildings. The collection policy of the museum limits collection to items that pertain to the history of Amana and its associated religious group (The Community of True Inspiration) in Germany and America.…

The Amana Meteorite

“The Amana Meteorite of 1875” – permanent exhibit During the night of February 12, 1875 the Amana Meteorite or “Detonating Meteorite” lit up the night sky as far away as Chicago and St. Louis. Pieces of the meteorite are in museums around the world, including London and Paris. Our exhibit features an actual piece of the meteorite…

Communal Kitchen

1003 26th Ave Middle Amana, IA Built in 1863, the “Rüdy Küche” (Ruedy Kitchen) is the only intact communal kitchen remaining in the Amanas. During the communal era, families did not cook for themselves. Instead, elders assigned them to eat in one of the village kitchens. Each kitchen served 40-50 people. The Ruedy family preserved…

Homestead Church

4210 V St Homestead, IA Come to learn about the Amana church’s history. This church building is one of seven Amana village churches of the Community of True Inspiration. Built in 1865, this church building looks much as it did 130 years ago. Hosts explain the Amana religion and history of the community, and the…

High Amana General Store

1308 G St High Amana, IA Established back in communal days in 1857, the High Amana General Store’s exterior and interior have remained virtually unchanged all these years. The original tin ceiling, wooden floor, and glass-topped display cases still remain. Throughout the store are charming reminders of the good old days, of a simpler time,…