Older tractor models display at The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

            John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

            Bring history to life!

            Hear the clang of the hammer. Feel the heat from the forge. Watch the iron melt and take shape. Stand in the spot where John Deere created the first commercially successful steel plow, and relive the experience of his original blacksmith shop. Discover where our story began at the John Deere Historic Site!

            A Waterloo Boy Tractor on the museum display floor

            Machines

            There’s something for everyone at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. Explore our collection of Deere equipment at the site of the very first Deere tractor factory.

            Tractor models display at the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

            Artifacts

            Discover rare artifacts from our storied past. Trace the history of John Deere from a simple steel plow to today’s modern working machines.

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            Exhibits

            Grip the handles of a steel plow and test your strength against real horsepower. Explore the history of John Deere in our interactive exhibits.

            While you’re here

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            Free admission

            Because we’re proud of our heritage and encourage everyone to share in our storied history, each John Deere Attractions Site is open to the public and completely FREE.

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            Hours

            Regular hours:
            Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm
            Sunday: Noon–4pm


            Holiday hours:
            Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

            Closed early at 3pm:
            Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day

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            Directions

            The John Deere Tractor & Museum is located on the west side of the TechWorks Campus, a 30-acre advanced manufacturing, innovation, and commercial center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.
            Check the map.

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            Contact us

            John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
            500 Westfield Avenue
            Waterloo, IA 50701
            319.292.6126
            Email Us

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            Take a tour

            Explore the museum yourself or add a tour guide to your visit. Guided tours are available for free upon request. Schedule your tour in advance or ask museum staff about availability.

            For information on group tours, call 319-292-6126 or email us.

            Three young children pulling ropes on an interactive display experiencing how hard it is to pull a plow

            Educational and fun school field trips

            The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum offers tours for school groups of all ages. Students can explore a variety of hands-on activities and interactive displays to learn how the agricultural innovations of the past guided the way for modern farming equipment and technology.

            Tour guides lead all school field trips. The entire tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and can be scheduled year round.

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