Come visit the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum honors the heroic service of all Iowa veterans, as we collect, preserve and exhibit materials illustrating the story of Iowa’s military past, from statehood to the present. Our mission is to honor and depict the military experiences of Iowa citizens in all wars, homeland defense and service to the state.

From Iowa’s frontier, to the major wars of the 20th century, to the Iowa National Guard’s “Warrior Ready” force, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum exhibits Iowa’s military heritage and the contributions of Iowa veterans and units in a meaningful and entertaining way that appeals to visitors of all ages, from school children to seasoned veterans.

Located at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, the 27,000-square-foot museum was founded in 1985 and contains a collection of more than 100,000 objects, photographs and artifacts. An 18,000-square-foot addition completed in October 2009 tripled the facility’s size. Inside, visitors may explore a variety of exhibits chronicling Iowan’s service to state and nation, on land, at sea and in the air.


  • Spanish-American War
  • Civil War
  • World War I (WWI)
  • World War II (WWII)
  • Cold War
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Iowa State Patrol


  • Brig. Gen. (IA) Edward W. Bird Memorial Library
  • The Ruptured Duck Gift Shop
  • Museum Book Store
  • Col. Al Rolfes Education Center
  • More than 30,000 square feet of exhibit and storage space


Mon – Fri
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday & Holidays

Find Us

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 252-4531