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Marion Heritage Center & Museum

The Marion Heritage Center serves as a community center for educational programs, historical displays, art exhibits, and cultural events. The facility is managed by the Marion Historical Society which was formed to discover, interpret and preserve Marion’s unique history and to provide activities for the community and surrounding area.


Our Facility

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum building was originally a Methodist church. Construction began in 1850, and completed in 1855. In 1875 the church was purchased by the local Baptist congregation and used by them until 1957 when the building was sold to the Marion branch of the Cedar Rapids YMCA. In 1965, Varnes & Hunter purchased the building for an Auto Parts store. The structure was purchased in 1999 by concerned citizens with a vision of creating a community facility and opened as the Marion Heritage Center in 2000.

The Heritage Center is available for private meetings and events of up to 150 people.



The Heritage Center will be closed May 1-12, 2017 as our main exhibit is being changed. Please call for an appointment to access any of our permanent collection during this time.

The Heritage Center will NOT be open regular afternoon hours on Saturday, May 13. Be sure to stop by from 7-11 a.m. that day for the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and to view the exhibits.

Regular Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Closed on major holidays and hours may be limited between exhibits.
Please call (319) 447-6376 for more information.

Please use the entrance on the North/6th Avenue side of the building.
The building is ADA accessible.

Winter Hours:
The Marion Heritage Center is closed for general admission from mid-December through January. Exact dates will be posted here in the fall. Rental for private meetings or events is still available during this time.



Admission is free courtesy of grant from the McIntyre Foundation.

Additional donations are greatly appreciated!



Free parking is available on streets adjacent to the Heritage Museum and throughout uptown Marion.



Marion Heritage Center
590 10th Street
Marion, Iowa 52302(319) 447-6376
Mailing address:
Marion Historical Society
PO Box 753
Marion, IA 52302-0753

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