The statewide Iowa Barn Foundation's All-State Barn Tour is the most important event on our tour calendar, held every fall. Click here to take a virtual tour.
Important and historic barns throughout Iowa were opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s two-day, self-guided all-state barn tour Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The barns on tour either received matching grants or an “award of distinction” from the Iowa Barn Foundation. The annual tour, which attracts visitors from around the country, is free and opened to the public. More details of this 2016 tour will appear here soon.
The Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission gave help to enrich this Iowa Barn Foundation's tour which will featured early Iowa barns. Some of the earliest are in picturesque Dubuque and nearby counties.
This is a county where barns are still highly regarded for their history.
The tour was held Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A lunch was held Saturday noon at one of the sites. Click on the 2016 Spring Tour button for the details.
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.
The 2015 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 have received an Award of Distinction.
The All-State Barn Tours have 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.
The earliest All-State Barn Tour, in 2001, was the first of it's kind in the United States.
Smaller local Barn Tours are held in the spring of most years. 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.
Go to the Iowa DOT map, then click on a County.