Hear the clang of the hammer. Feel the heat from the forge. Watch the iron melt and take shape. Stand in the spot where John Deere created the first commercially successful steel plow, and relive the experience of his original blacksmith shop. Discover where our story began at the John Deere Historic Site!
There’s something for everyone at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. Explore our collection of Deere equipment at the site of the very first Deere tractor factory.
Discover rare artifacts from our storied past. Trace the history of John Deere from a simple steel plow to today’s modern working machines.
Grip the handles of a steel plow and test your strength against real horsepower. Explore the history of John Deere in our interactive exhibits.
Because we’re proud of our heritage and encourage everyone to share in our storied history, each John Deere Attractions Site is open to the public and completely FREE.
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
Closed early at 3pm:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day
The John Deere Tractor & Museum is located on the west side of the TechWorks Campus, a 30-acre advanced manufacturing, innovation, and commercial center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.
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Explore the museum yourself or add a tour guide to your visit. Guided tours are available for free upon request. Schedule your tour in advance or ask museum staff about availability.
For information on group tours, call 319-292-6126 or email us.
The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum offers tours for school groups of all ages. Students can explore a variety of hands-on activities and interactive displays to learn how the agricultural innovations of the past guided the way for modern farming equipment and technology.
Tour guides lead all school field trips. The entire tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and can be scheduled year round.
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