The Iowa Barn Foundation: Helping to preserve Iowa's agricultural heritage one barn at a time.

Iowa Barn Foundation Barn Tours
Barn Tours sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation


The statewide All-State Barn Tour is the most important
event on our tour calendar, held annually.

new icon    The free 2015 All-State Barn Tour was held on Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, 2015 ( 8:30am-5:30pm each day).


The All-State Barn Tour featured restored barns that have received Iowa Barn Foundation matching grants, along with barns whose owners have restored their barns using their own money and received an Award of Distinction.

The 2001 All-State Barn Tour was the first of it's kind in the United States.

The All-State Barn Tour has been organized to encourage barn preservation in Iowa, to teach young people about Iowa's rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this heritage.  The tour is arranged so that you can go from barn to barn on your own, as time and distances permit.

Local Barn Tours - the Spring Tours

Smaller local Barn Tours are held in the spring of most years.

new icon   The June 2015 Spring Tour featured historic barns in Black Hawk, Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Bremer Counties on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, 2015.
  Click here for details.


More About our Barn Tours

During these free tours, tour maps are available at each barn.  At many barns, 4-H members sell lemonade and cookies.  Other barns have special displays and presentations.  In addition, visitors have the opportunity to join the Iowa Barn Foundation if they are not already a member.

The barns on tour are typical of Iowa barns that have served farmers well.  These restored barns illustrate how barns can be brought back to their original glory.

Some of the barns were featured in Iowa Public Television's Saving Iowa's Barns.  Others have been featured in newspapers such as the Des Moines Register and Iowa Farmer Today.  See links to some of these on our Museums & Barns page.

Use the menu to the left to see details of our tours.