Midwest Living Review
Though it's not a flashy museum, the National Agricultural Hall of Fame rewards attentive visitors with a much greater awareness of the role that agricultural has played in this country. When you arrive, you'll see an impressive sculpted display called The National Farmers Memorial, depicting men and women working in the fields, as well as the quietly beautiful Farmer's Honor Acre, where commemorative bricks honor farmers. Inside, marvel at the enormous variety of barbed wire styles, and view an artfully arranged display of John Deere farm implements. An exhibit depicting the life-cycle of bees encourages visitors to walk through a 'hive' and try on beekeeper clothing. The one-room National Poultry Museum features an antique incubator and information about the development of egg cases, and the definition of poultry. The Museum of Farming area displays fascinating antique farm machines and vehicles, including a 1900 fence-weaving machine, one-horse sleigh, and early 1900s farm trucks/tractors. There's also a miniature display of a 1915 farm. Kids will love Farm Town USA with its tiny farmhouse, fully furnished antique train depot, and massive garden, with scarecrow. There's also a fully equipped blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse and a restored caboose. Tip: If you aren't already acquainted with farm life, the museum may be a little overwhelming. If a tour is available, we highly recommend it. Check for special events, too.