Who Was: Louis Armstrong

Calling all you cool cats! Stay tuned for a jumping good time with this Who Was story about the great Louis Armstrong! For our activity we will be creating a Jazz-inspired saxophone collage.

Winter Warm: Youth Winter Accessory Drive

Get FREE admission to the AAMI when you donate new, with tags, winter youth clothing accessories (gloves, hats, etc.). One free admission per item.

The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

All donations benefit


Journey to Freedom


The only available time slots for this event are at 12 and 1 pm. you must be registered and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your reserved time.

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Journey to Freedom

  • Where: Wickiup Hill  Outdoor Learning Center , 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341
  • When: Saturday, September 22nd
  • 12:00-2:30 pm
  • FREE

Experience the escape from slavery with the African American Museum of Iowa. We are excited to bring back our Journey to Freedom event which simulates the escape from slavery on Iowa’s Underground Railroad. Participants will travel back in time to the 1850’s where they will become a runaway slave traveling north to Canada. While on your journey, you will encounter costumed actors who will serve as slave catchers, overseers, farmers, and abolitionists. Some might help you escape from freedom while others may threaten to return you to bondage. Learn to survive in the wild by navigating with stars, stay hidden while speaking in code, and see if you have what it takes to make it to freedom.

Due to the subject matter, this event is best suited for children 8+. This will be outdoors! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle are recommended.

For questions, contact Sean Donaldson at

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This event is made possible by PepsiCo, thank you.