Visitors of all ages will enjoy Waterloo’s newest family-friendly attraction – the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum.
Located on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, the museum features 19 tractors of different eras, 7 engines, and approximately 25 interactive exhibits that highlight the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere, specifically in the Cedar Valley region.
The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, which opened in December, tells an important historical story, one of agriculture before and after machines. As you tour the museum, you will learn about the evolution of tractors and engines, the company’s arrival and growth in Waterloo, and how these products come together to help people do their work today.
You may be asking yourself, “Why Waterloo?” In 1918, John Deere purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, the maker of “The Waterloo Boy” two-cylinder tractors. This purchase not only brought the company to Waterloo, but it furthered the development of the tractor as we know it today. In fact, visitors at the museum will step foot on the very grounds where these green and yellow machines were first built.
Throughout the museum, you will find an impressive array of John Deere tractors and memorabilia, including a vintage Waterloo Boy tractor. Many of the items on display are donated or on loan from collectors aa well as John Deere employees and retirees. In addition to the exhibits and galleries, the museum also includes a theater and gift shop full of John Deere clothing, toys and collectible items.
Plan your visit today!
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Admission: $8 Adult (ages 13-61); $4 Seniors, John Deere employees and retirees, and active duty military; Children 12 and under are free (accompanied by an adult). Guided tours are available at 10:30am and 3:30pm for an additional $2 per visitor. Schedule your tour in advance because space is limited.
For information on group tours, call (319) 292-6126.