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    Holiday Open House

    The Coralville Old Town Hall will be open on December 10th and 11th. Come check out the sled and children’s riding toys exhibit!

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    Movie at the Museum: Up on the Wooftop

    Join JCHS for a showing of the family holiday movie “Up on the Wooftop”. This event will be held at the Coralville Old Town Hall on December 17th, starting at 2:00 PM.

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    New Exhibition Now On Display – Street View: Downtown Iowa City, Then and Now

    A photography exhibition capturing the downtown area’s building and businesses from 1960 and 2016.

     

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    Coralville Old Town Hall

    Now in it’s new location — 407 5th Street!

    Available for event rentals as well as open for tours by appointment.

     

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  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse

    1876 Schoolhouse

    See what a typical day in a one-room school from the 1870s would be like.

    Open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two days in advance.

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  • Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum

    Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum

    The Johnson County Poor Farm is open for tours by appointment.

    Please contact us at least two days in advance.

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    Plum Grove Historic Home

    Visit the home of Robert Lucas, the first Territorial Governor of Iowa.

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    Be A Guest of the Past

    Teachers, students, and group leaders enjoy discovering their past at the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse.

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Who We Are

A private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.

Become a member today!


Wishlist

JCHS greatly appreciates the donations and support of our community and members. While we always need donations for operational support, we also have a few specific items that staff need for our day to day work and special events. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution of any of the items listed below, please use our Contact form or call us at 319-351-5738.

  • 1870 Period Clothing
  • Pruning Shears and other landscaping tools
  • Snacks for upcoming exhibit openings and special events

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Only ten more days until Aisle of Lights! Don't miss out on all the activities going on at the Iowa River Landing. JCHS will have cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt, and free admission to our museum! Make sure you check out the Coralville Old Town Hall Open House as well! The old town hall will be open on December 10th from 2-4 pm and December 11th from 3-6 pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Only ten more days until Aisle of Lights! Dont miss out on all the activities going on at the Iowa River Landing. JCHS will have cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt, and free admission to our museum! Make sure you check out the Coralville Old Town Hall Open House as well! The old town hall will be open on December 10th from 2-4 pm and December 11th from 3-6 pm.

Upcoming Events

Sat 10
Sun 11
Sat 17

Movie at the Museum: Up on the Wooftop

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Museum Hours

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Admission: $5/person, JCHS Members and children under 12 are FREE
    Price includes free admission to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa
  • Group rates available

Plum Grove Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Free admission
  • To arrange a group tour please call (319) 351-5738 or email at least two days in advance.

Schoolhouse Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Johnson County Poor Farm and Asylum
  • West of 4515 Melrose Avenue
  • Iowa City, IA 52246

Poor Farm Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Coralville Old Town Hall
  • 407 5th St
  • Coralville, IA 52241

Coralville Old Town Hall Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two days in advance to schedule a tour.