Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

Motor Coaches & Large Groups

Come and learn about Laura’s life in Burr Oak, Iowa, as a nine year old girl, as well as that of her family. Hear her stories that fit in between her books On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake, the loss of her nine-month old brother, Freddy, and the joy in the birth of her youngest sister, Grace. Visitors will also view examples of pioneer life in the 1870s and Burr Oak at the time of the Ingalls family.

Reservations:

  • Motor coaches, buses and vans with large group tours are welcome from April 1 – October 31.
  • Reservations are required in advance. Please call the museum at 563-735-5916 or click on the reservations button.
  • For groups of 20 or more, a $75 non-refundable deposit is required 2 weeks before the scheduled date of the tour. This will be applied towards the tour price, with the balance due the day of the tour.


Admissions:

  • $8 per adult; $6 per student
  • Tour escorts and bus drivers receive complementary passes.


 Program and schedule:

  • A tour guide will board the bus to greet guests, give background information, show a short introductory DVD about Laura’s life and travels, and answer questions.
  • Tour guides will lead the guests through the museum and answer questions.
  • Guests are invited across the street from the museum to the Visitor’s Center, a restored bank building built in 1910. Guests may enjoy walking through the original bank vault, browsing in the gift shop, reading copies of letters Laura wrote to her fans, adding a pin for their hometown on the world map, and visiting with the staff and other guests.
  • The main floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible. The bottom floor is accessible by use of the sidewalk leading to the back of the building. The top floor is not accessible by wheelchair. The Visitor’s Center is accessible by a side door.
  • Large group tours generally spend 3 hours in Burr Oak. A self-guided walking tour will lead visitors to the Burr Oak sites Laura wrote about in Pioneer Girl, including the Burr Oak Cemetery, where you may view the same headstones read by Laura as she and her friend walked through the cemetery on Saturdays. Free tour maps are available in the Visitor’s Center.


Parking:

Drivers may park parallel to the sidewalk just south of the museum on 236th Ave. adjacent to the vacant lot. If coming into town from the south, just pull into the driveway at the storage sheds north of the museum on 236th Ave and head the bus south. Guests will then be able to exit the bus onto the sidewalk near the museum.