• Welcome to the Gold Star Military Museum!

  • Our WWI exhibit has been updated recently with new artwork

  • The WWII Pacific Theater collection has some recent additions

News:

Museum's Holiday Schedule

Holiday Hours:

  • Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Closed: Sunday and Monday

The museum will be closed the following dates:

  • December 23rd - December 27th
  • December 31st - January 4th

New Virtual Brick Wall

Take a moment to visit our new Virtual Brick Wall!

New Oral History Interviews!

Vist the new Veteran Oral History interviews Sponsored by Bravo of Greater Des Moines!

Groups of 10 or more require a reservation:

Click here to create a GROUP Reservation to Visit the Museum »

Five Educational Field Trips Near the DSM Metro:

Five Educational Field Trips Near the DSM Metro and guess who made the list?

New Rules and Guidelines

  • *Capacity Limits: 50
  • *Face Coverings/Masks:
    • All Fully Vaccinated visitors face coverings/mask are optional.
    • Unvaccinated visitors MUST wear a face covering/mask. This includes children
  • *No food of any kind allowed
  • *No drinking containers of any kind including water bottles
  • *No Umbrellas
  • *No bags (Exception purses and diaper bags)
  • If you have an elevated temperature, you will not be allowed to enter the museum.
  • Social Distancing of at least 6 feet will be required of all visitors unless you are a family or group (less than 10 people).

Virtual Tour Receives Ranking!

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Recognized by Mark Catton made the Top 5 Best Virtual Reality Tours.
  • CIA Museum - McLean, VA
  • Behringer Crawford Museum - Covington, KY
  • Field Museum - Chicago, IL
  • National Museum of Natural History - Washington, D.C.
  • Iowa Gold Star Military Museum - Johnston, IA
If you have not tried the virtual tour, check it out!! Click here to take a virtual tour of our Museum on Google!

New: B17 Virtual Exhibit

The B-17 interactive exhibit is now available online. Click here to visit our new B-17 virtual exhibit!

History in Miniature is Returning to the Museum!

If you like learning about famous battles and board games then check out History in Miniature! History in Miniature is a group that loves creating battle scenes and turning them into game form. With a roll of the dice you determine your plan of attack. If you are interested in attending and learning more, please contact the museum at 515-252-4531 and ask for Conrad Wiser.

Click here for the History in Miniature Schedule

Upcoming Events

Click here to view our event's list.


Find Us

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131
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Virtual Tour

Click here to take a virtual tour of our Museum on Google!

Hours & Admission

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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