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East Gallery

The Displays in the East Gallery tell the story of Cherokee's development. The struggles and triumphs of the early settlers are portrayed through historical artifacts. 

Art wall
Local artists display their skills on the Art Wall in the East Gallery.
Periodically, a new artist is featured. The artists featured for 2016 are:

January: Good Times Place Painters

February: April Mason

March: Ann Marie McTaggart

April-May: Jonny Binkard

June: Cherokee County Soil Conservation Posters

July: Marina Van Leeuwen

August: John Evans

September: Candace Camling
October: 4-H Crafts

November: Andrea Urban

December: Judith Eastburn 

For information about how to be featured on our Art Wall, please email us at

West Gallery
The West gallery constantly changes. It is in this area that we build five major exhibits a year, including our annual art exhibit.

Now showing:
CMHI: A Look Back

Sanford Room

Furnished in mid-nineteenth century style, the Sanford Room provides a beautiful setting for many of our historic artifacts. 

Lower Level

The lower level tells the prehistory of Northwest Iowa. Many fossils from Iowa's prehistoric sea are exhibited.

The early inhabitants of this area are known to us only through the artifacts they left behind. Using part of our collection of prehistoric artifacts, our exhibits show how those early people lived in Northwest Iowa.

Our Natural History exhibits have a variety of wildlife. From the smallest insect to the adult opossum, this area contains many of the birds, mammals and insects living in Northwest Iowa.