Welcome to Heartland Acres - Agricultural Innovation on Display

Heartland Acres Agribition Center shares with its visitors the past, present and future of Iowa agriculture.

Located in Independence, Iowa and the heart land of America, Heartland Acres exhibits agricultural innovations, implements and displays which engage, inspire and enhance visitors as they gain a better understanding of agriculture. The entire museum acts as a learning center to engage visitors as they seek information about our agricultural heritage and modern day agricultural implements and issues. Hands on activities are available to further help visitors grow their understanding of agriculture.

Take a journey through the history of farming, from the mold board plows of Iowa’s first settlers to modern biotechnology. The machine shed exhibits tractors and implements from days gone by as well modern equipment when available. Many horse drawn implements and historic tractors are on display throughout the year. The museum’s one-room schoolhouse provides a special learning experience for student groups, showing what it was like to attend school before indoor plumbing, backpacks and the Internet. As an added bonus, visit Cars of Yesteryear to see one of the Midwest’s most unique classic car collections from a horseless carriage to the elegant classics and the 60’s muscle cars.

Located within a short drive, is an old order Amish community with shops and historic farms still farmed with horse drawn implements. Many gift shops and restaurants to satisfy a variety of appetites are found in downtown Independence and make for an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Motor coaches find the campus easily accessible right off of highway 20 at exit 252 between Waterloo and Dubuque, Iowa.

Admission is $10 each for adults ($8 each for groups of 10 or more) and $4 for youths age 5 to 17. Children 4 and under are free. Schools can receive a group rate of $3 per student (includes all adults on the school tour too).

About Us

Heartland Acres Agribition Center is an exhibition of agriculture’s past, present, and future in the National Heritage Area of Northeast Iowa. Located in Independence, Iowa and sitting on 16 acres, Heartland Acres is a premiere location to teach visitors the importance of agriculture and the overall impact it has on EVERYONE…even YOU.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center is a regional, agricultural based tourism venue committed to educate visitors about the past, present, and future of Iowa Agriculture: using “State of the Art” interactive, interpretive themes and partnerships with leading agricultural entities.

Vision Statement

Heartland Acres Agribition Center is committed to the introduction and enhancement of visitor’s knowledge of agricultural related initiatives from the past, present, and future.

What is Agribition?

We often get asked, “What does agribition stand for?” Simply put, agribition is a combination of the major aspects of the Agribition Center. In the whole scope of things, our project will focus on the exhibition of agricultural developments from the past, present and future of farming in America.