Kids will love exploring all the exhibits at the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame. The Ag will tell you "If you eat than you're involved in agriculture". Learn about milking, how eggs get from hen to store, explore a beehive and play with the interactive exhibits.
Before Your Visit:
- You'll do a lot of walking at the Ag, some will be outside, so wear comfortable shoes.
- Consider visiting during one of their special events when additional family-friendly activities are offered.
- The miniature train runs Weds – Fri and Sundays in the summer months.
Explore The Ag Museum:
The National Agricultural Center has several buildings that you can visit.
- Explore the Old Town:
- See the 1917 One-room schoolhouse to learn how kids use to attend school
- The General Store area depicts what shopping would have been like in the early 1900’s
- The Poultry hatchery is open during special events - stop by and visit the hens
- The Blacksmith also works during special events and school tours
- Don't forget to see the Train depot for a ride on the miniature train
- Smith House is an old farm house
- Stop in the backyard and help do some farm chores such as hanging the laundry and grinding corn to feed the hens.
- Talk to your kids about how older houses differ from the ones we live in: No electricity, no cupboards in the kitchen since there wasn’t food to store, everything was harvested or made daily.
- Point out some of the unique items: phonograph, bird cage was a very popular decoration, sewing machine was necessary, and chamber pots in the bedrooms.
- In the Poultry Building, kids can learn about hens & eggs
- See the huge rooster collection from around the world – which is your favorite?
- Learn about what happens after the hens lay eggs
- The Tractor Building has many old tractors, cars, etc. Kids can also plant seeds to take home.
- The Dairy Exhibit in main building lets kids milk some (pretend) cows, play a game of cow pie toss, gather eggs and look around for ‘’Little man’ & Bigman’ the Ag’s cats.
- There are many things to explore in the main building:
- Corn exhibit – learn about all the things that are made from corn.
- Buzz your way through a giant beehive - Do a bee dance, dress up like a beekeeper, learn about pollination and find out where the bees have gone.
- See the Telephone & Bank collections –View old time switchboards and phones – Check out the collection of mechnical ‘piggy’ banks – there's even one to try!
"Farming" by Gail Gibbons is a wonderful look at real-life farm responsibilities. Kids will understand the time and dedication it takes to run a farm, along with learning some cool facts about farming.
"Where do Chicks Come From?" by Amy E. Sklansky is a great book for young kids who often ask these types of questions. Learn how chicks grow in the egg, hatch, eat and become mama chickens.
"The Year at Maple Hill Farm" by Alice Provensen shows what it's like to be an animal on a farm. Explore what the animals do (and don't do) through each month of the year.
If you enjoyed exploring the Ag Museum, you might also like to:
- Visit the Deanna Rose Farmstead
- Take a trip to the Farmer's Market