Museum staff receive Professional Guide Certification for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

  • Welcome to the Gold Star Military Museum!

  • Our WWI exhibit has been updated recently with new artwork

  • The WWII Pacific Theater collection has some recent additions

Holiday Hours


Blue Star Moms of IowaBlue Star Mothers of Iowa Care Package Drive

The Blue Star Mothers of Iowa are working on their annual holiday care package drive for our deployed service women and men. Click for details

New Oral History Interviews!

Vist the new Veteran Oral History interviews Sponsored by Bravo of Greater Des Moines!

Our Used Book Store is Open!

Paperback books $1
Hardcover books $2
DVDs 25 cents and VHS tapes are FREE!!

Virtual Tour Receives Ranking!

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Recognized by Mark Catton made the Top 5 Best Virtual Reality Tours.
  • CIA Museum - McLean, VA
  • Behringer Crawford Museum - Covington, KY
  • Field Museum - Chicago, IL
  • National Museum of Natural History - Washington, D.C.
  • Iowa Gold Star Military Museum - Johnston, IA
If you have not tried the virtual tour, check it out!! Click here to take a virtual tour of our Museum on Google!

New Virtual Brick Wall

Take a moment to visit our new Virtual Brick Wall!

Groups of 10 or more require a reservation:

Click here to create a GROUP Reservation to Visit the Museum »

Five Educational Field Trips Near the DSM Metro:

Five Educational Field Trips Near the DSM Metro and guess who made the list?


  • Face Coverings/Mask - Optional
  • No food of any kind allowed
  • No drinking containers of any kind including water bottles
  • No Umbrellas
  • No bags (Exception purses and diaper bags)
  • We encourage social distancing.

New: B17 Virtual Exhibit

The B-17 interactive exhibit is now available online. Click here to visit our new B-17 virtual exhibit!

Upcoming Events

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Find Us

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131
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Virtual Tour

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Winter Hours

(Effective Nov 1, 2022)

Sun - Mon
Tues - Sat
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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