Events & Exhibits

Changing of Exhibits

July 28- August 30

The Heritage Center will be closed for the month of August as our main exhibit is being changed. Please call for an appointment to access any of our permanent collection during this time.


 August Board Meeting

Thursday, August 23 – 3:30 p.m.

Monthly board meetings are open to our members and the public. They are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.


150 Years of Sports in Marion

Exhibit Open: September 2018-April 2019
Grand Opening: Saturday, September 29 follow the Swamp Fox Festival Parade

Our museum building was once home to Marion’s first large-scale YMCA, so what better place to present the story of the early days of sports in Marion. This exhibit highlights the 150th year of the YMCA’s history in the area. It will introduce you to some historical sports crazes – like shuffleboard, pedestrianism, bicycling, horseshoes, duck pin bowling and push ball. And will even try to explain our enduring love for football, baseball, basketball, track and other high school athletics.

Opening day admission is free thanks to the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

Have a story to share? Coming soon we will share how you can submit your story and be a part of this exhibit.



History Trivia Night at the Museum

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Show off your knowledge of Marion, general history, sports and other topics during an evening trivia challenge at the Marion Heritage Center & Museum. Cost is just $10 per person. Teams may have up to 8 members. Single players are welcome and can join or form teams the night of the event. (Participants should be high school age or older.) All proceeds benefit the Marion Heritage Center.

Admission includes hot dogs, snacks from Iowa Popcorn Co. and other refreshments. Prizes for the winning trivia team. Plus, show some “Team Spirit” – costumes, table decorations and creative team names will be considered for this $50 team prize.

Doors open at 5:30 with trivia challenge beginning at 6:30. Entry on the day of the event will be allowed if space is available.

Honored Guests: Pat Turner (daughter of Marion Coach Les Hipple) & Coach Robert Thurness

Call 319-447-6376 to enter your team. Payment must be received to confirm entry (cash or check only) in person at the Heritage Center or by mail.



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