Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

The Tour

Burr Oak is often referred to as “The Missing Link” in the Little House book series. 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 of Burr Oak at the time of the Ingalls family.

Your visit begins in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Visitor’s Center, where you will register for your tour. Knowledgeable guides will then lead you through the Masters Hotel across the street, where the Ingalls lived and worked in 1876. They will share Laura’s stories about her family, her time in the hotel and Burr Oak, her impressions of people that she met, and her responsibilities in Burr Oak. The tours last 45-60 minutes in length.  

Tips to help make your visit more enjoyable:

  • This is a guided tour only. Walk-throughs are not allowed.
  • There are no set times for tours to begin. We take our guests as they are ready, however you may have a 15 minute wait if another group is ahead of you.
  • Full price is charged for any late tour (after 3:00 or 4:00 – refer to the museum hours), and then is possible only if a staff person is available.
  • The main floor of the museum is wheel chair 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 wheel chair. The Visitor’s Center is accessible by a side door.
  • If there are 10 or more in your group, it is best to call ahead and reserve a time at 563-735-5916.
  • The month of May is very busy in the mornings with school field trips. It is best to plan a mid-afternoon visit during this month.
  • Please do not text, receive or make calls during your tour, in consideration of your guide and the other guests. Smoking is not permitted in either building.

RVs 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 south. Guests will then be able to exit the RV onto the sidewalk near the museum.