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Carnegie Historical Museum

112 South Court

The Library and its third floor Museum Opened in 1893.

Fairfield's former library building, the first of 1,689 endowed by Andrew Carnegie, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Library tables and encaustic tile floors survive from the original interior design.


Cristina Taraburca

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Lovely small historical belongings to those who lived in Fairfield a while ago. Haven't seen the third floor, heard it is great and has a stuffed animal collection.

Shelley Urban

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
A true hidden gem. Love to visit

Todd Brown

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Lots of neat things

Kieran Griffith

Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Carnegie Historical Museum absolutely blew me away when I saw it. The amount of artefacts that it has indoors is amazing! Enough for a museum of three or four times the size. In addition to that most of the exhibits are very skilfully placed, though they are running out of space, but the fact that it is so tightly packed is that you don’t have to keep moving around all the time to see new things. The exhibits that are there include almost every subject relevant to the history of Jefferson County, plus many other exotic biological exhibits from all over the world. I was so moved by some of the wartime exhibits I almost came to tears. This attraction is saying that either the curators of the museum are quite skillful, or that Jefferson County is a Jewel in the Crown of Iowa (probably both to varying degrees). Definitely the displays collectively must be worth many millions of dollars. This museum is a must for all families with children and school classes as well. The location has an aura of history about it that should not be missed by any resident or visitor of Jefferson County.

Rozyna shrestha

Friday, May 18, 2018

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