Located on Second Street and started by a group of interested residents, the Traer Historical Museum is only a few years old. It continues to grow and expand as people continue to make donations of items reflecting the history of Traer. The most recent donation being a comprehensive collection of carved wooden folk art pieces.

The large cannon in the front window of the museum always draws interest, but the collection of memorabilia also includes several "rooms" of furniture from earlier periods, plus a display which recognizes the life and contributions of "Tama Jim" Wilson. Wilson served for 16 years as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, under three different presidents, a U.S. Cabinet service record which still stands today.

Also at the Museum, on the second floor, are feature displays from Geneseo, Dinsdale and Buckingham, smaller settlements in northern Tama County which are Traer's neighbors. There is also a basement room dedicated to agricultural exhibits.

Group visits to Traer have been arranged in the past, with the Museum playing host to several bus trips. Guided tours of other parts of the community can begin at this location, and character performances (in costume) are available here by request. Please call (319) 478-8660 for more information on tours.  With an elevator, all floors of the museum are accessible.

514 2nd Street
Traer, IA 50675-1139
(319) 478-8660

About a block west of the historical museum is the home of the Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery.  With over 14,000 salt and pepper shakers, this museum is the largest collection in the Midwest and perhaps even the entire U.S.
Plan now to visit us and see this wonderful and unique collection - no two sets are the same.