Pella Historical Museum and Tulip Time

Pella Historical Museum and Tulip Time The Pella Historical Society & Museums preserves and promotes Pella's Dutch heritage and the history of Pella, Iowa.
The Pella Historical Society and Museum operates the Pella Historical Village Museum, Vermeer Windmill and Scholte House Museum. The Society sponsors and operates community events such as the Pella Tulip Time Festival, Kermis and Dutch Day Camp, Fall Festival, Sinterklaas Celebration, and Christmas Walk.

The Pella Tulip Time festival was awarded "#1 Event in the Red Rock Area" by the Marion County Development Comission. Along with operating the Historical Village, Windmill and Scholte house we offer tours to visitors! Admission: 0-4 Free 5-11 $2.00 12-College $6.00 Adults $10 Those admission prices include a Timeline video highlighting the history of Pella and a guided tour through the windmill and Miniature Village. Along with that we have a self-guided tour through our Historical Village. We have more than 20 buildings on campus! Heritage hall features a Dutch Costume exhibit, a music room and the history of Tulip Time. Another exciting feature in the Village is the childhood home of Wyatt Earp. Another tour option is our combo pass: 0-4 Free 5-11 $4 12-18 $8 Adults $13 A combo pass includes both the guided Windmill Tour and the self-guided Village tour, and a tour of the founder of Pella's original home, The Scholte House. This house was built in 1848 by the founder of Pella, Dominie Scholte. It features a President Lincoln exhibit because of the close friendship he and Dominie had. This tour also includes a self-guided tour of the Scholte Gardens.

Mission: Pella Historical Society & Museums preserves and promotes the Dutch heritage and the history of Pella, Iowa.

And so it begins...Channels 5, 8, and 13 are all on the Square doing their 5 a.m. broadcasts. And it's chilly up here.
05/02/2019

And so it begins...Channels 5, 8, and 13 are all on the Square doing their 5 a.m. broadcasts. And it's chilly up here.

05/02/2019
Greetings From Iowa

It's finally here!! IPTV was in Pella filming last year at Tulip Time. What a way to start our festival!

Since 1935 the town of Pella has celebrated its Dutch heritage with an annual festival of food, music, dancing and tulips.

Slip on your wooden shoes, it's PELLA TULIP TIME! #GreetingsFromIowa

The lights are blazing tonight in the new Scholte Gardens. The gazebo now has a new coat of paint and beautiful trim tha...
05/02/2019

The lights are blazing tonight in the new Scholte Gardens. The gazebo now has a new coat of paint and beautiful trim that matches the house. A big thank you to Ed Sprague, Wayne Stienstra, Eagle Electric and Brad Terpstra for getting us done under the wire!

We're glad you love our tulips, We know they're quite a hit. But we ask for your respect, pleaseWhen you're out there ta...
05/01/2019

We're glad you love our tulips,
We know they're quite a hit.
But we ask for your respect, please
When you're out there taking pics.

Here's the list from top to bottom
Of things we ask you not to do:
Don't stand among the blooming petals
While you're admiring their vibrant hues.

We know your child is the cutest ever
In a costume with the perfect cap.
But Junior shouldn't maul the flowers
Or our visitors will have "niets" to snap.

And as for picking these gorgeous beauties,
You surely know the party line:
Leave them proudly standing together
Unless you can afford the hefty fine.

Dank U wel!

Before ~ After 🌷
04/30/2019

Before ~ After 🌷

What an awesome day going out to KCWI and KCCI! With a relaxing lunch at the Embassy Club, how can you go wrong? Thanks ...
04/30/2019

What an awesome day going out to KCWI and KCCI! With a relaxing lunch at the Embassy Club, how can you go wrong?

Thanks to Marion County Bank for sponsoring our day! T-2 days til Tulip Time!

04/30/2019

Street Scrubbers! Tulip Time meeting times are 2 pm and 8 pm at the corner of Broadway and Franklin. Come help scrub the streets before the parades on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2-4!

Miffy looks like she's dressed for Tulip Time!
04/29/2019

Miffy looks like she's dressed for Tulip Time!

Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication of the grave stone for Moses Post this afternoon. Dr. Ron Rietveld gav...
04/28/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication of the grave stone for Moses Post this afternoon. Dr. Ron Rietveld gave us a wonderful look at Post's guiding of the Dutch to Pella. The stone is a fitting memorial.

Thanks also to Garden Chapel Funeral Home and the Pella Community Foundation for your grants.

Our 2019 Tulip Court welcomes you to Tulip Time next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
04/28/2019

Our 2019 Tulip Court welcomes you to Tulip Time next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

In this week before Tulip Time, it's appropriate to remember those who helped settle our community.We invite you to Oakw...
04/26/2019

In this week before Tulip Time, it's appropriate to remember those who helped settle our community.

We invite you to Oakwood Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, April 28, at 4 p.m. to dedicate a grave stone for Moses Post, a circuit-riding Baptist preacher who led Scholte and his group to the area between the Skunk and Des Moines Rivers, the area we now call Pella.

Post died soon after Pella was founded, at the age of 35. Although Moses was buried in Oakwood, no stone has existed to mark Post's grave. Thanks to Garden Chapel Funeral Home and the Pella Community Foundation, we will dedicate a beautiful stone to Moses Post. Dr. Ron Rietveld will lead this brief ceremony.

Watch here if we need to cancel due to weather.

We’re hoping for great weather, but here’s a great way to stay weather aware during Tulip Time 2019!
04/26/2019

We’re hoping for great weather, but here’s a great way to stay weather aware during Tulip Time 2019!

Stay weather aware by signing up for weather-related text notifications during Tulip Time. To sign-up, text: Pella Tulips Marion to 69310.

04/25/2019
Classic Aviation, Inc.

Thanks for this great video Megan!

A week from today we will be celebrating Tulip Time!! Here is a peek at some of our favorite parts.

A special thank you to the Historical Village for allowing us to get some cool footage.

And if you watch closely you'll see a few of the Vande Voort boys' favorite stomps.

NEW LOCATION! Join us for Community Worship on Sunday after Tulip Time. Worship will be held at the Pella Christian High...
04/25/2019

NEW LOCATION! Join us for Community Worship on Sunday after Tulip Time. Worship will be held at the Pella Christian High School Auditorium.

These Pella High seniors accomplished so much for us today at the Village and worked on cleaning the floats as well! We ...
04/24/2019

These Pella High seniors accomplished so much for us today at the Village and worked on cleaning the floats as well! We appreciate their service!

From our Dutch friend, Aafke Bootsman, who lives in Volendam, North Holland. Talk about Tulip Time! Thanks, Aafke!
04/24/2019

From our Dutch friend, Aafke Bootsman, who lives in Volendam, North Holland. Talk about Tulip Time! Thanks, Aafke!

One of the true signs that Tulip Time is coming is the annual display of Queens' pictures going up. Thank you to Shelley...
04/24/2019

One of the true signs that Tulip Time is coming is the annual display of Queens' pictures going up. Thank you to Shelley Riggen for giving us space on the northeast side of the Square and to Kent Van Kooten for building a new (more solid) scaffolding to hang them on.

Tulips, Parades, Costumes, Food and Fun! Tulip Time 2019 has it all. Join us May 2, 3 & 4 and Discover the Dutch! www.Pe...
04/23/2019

Tulips, Parades, Costumes, Food and Fun! Tulip Time 2019 has it all. Join us May 2, 3 & 4 and Discover the Dutch!
www.PellaTulipTime.com

Check out these beautiful ladies on channel 13 - WHO at noon today! T-10 days til Tulip Time! #PellaTulipCourt
04/22/2019

Check out these beautiful ladies on channel 13 - WHO at noon today! T-10 days til Tulip Time! #PellaTulipCourt

The whole town is gearing up for Tulip Time, even our local Pella HyVee! Look at the gorgeous cakes they've made! #pella...
04/22/2019

The whole town is gearing up for Tulip Time, even our local Pella HyVee! Look at the gorgeous cakes they've made! #pellahyvee

In the 1980s, President Reagan made this an official day!
04/20/2019

In the 1980s, President Reagan made this an official day!

All work and no play? Nah. After a big day of performances yesterday, the tulip court enjoyed some delicious Jersey Free...
04/18/2019

All work and no play? Nah. After a big day of performances yesterday, the tulip court enjoyed some delicious Jersey Freeze! #PellaTulipCourt

Tulip Time is featured in a new Iowa Magazine that celebrates the state's food diversity. What a great promotion of all ...
04/17/2019
Fresh Pickings Magazine | Spring 2019

Tulip Time is featured in a new Iowa Magazine that celebrates the state's food diversity. What a great promotion of all our yummy Pella food!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Fresh Pickings Magazine! Here, you'll find stories that celebrate the incredible food, farms and families that make Iowa a special place to live. This quarterly publication is brought to you by the Iowa Food & Family Project - an initiative that invites Iowans to ex...

The first tulips are peeking out from the south side of our Interpretive Center. One of our employees, Alanda Rowe, snap...
04/16/2019

The first tulips are peeking out from the south side of our Interpretive Center. One of our employees, Alanda Rowe, snapped this photo. Join us May 2-4 for a whole town full!

Any local group looking for some ideas for a new food stand? Check this out!
04/14/2019

Any local group looking for some ideas for a new food stand? Check this out!

Another proposal at the top of the Windmill this afternoon! What a lovely day for it!
04/13/2019

Another proposal at the top of the Windmill this afternoon! What a lovely day for it!

For those of you wanting to order Pella Garden Club tulips, they are ready to order! Note that all orders must be receiv...
04/12/2019
Pella Historical Society Museums and Tulip Time

For those of you wanting to order Pella Garden Club tulips, they are ready to order! Note that all orders must be received by June 10. You may also order while you're at Tulip Time May 2-4.

You can find a link to the bulb order form on our home page toward the bottom: www.pellahistorical.org.

The Pella Historical Society & Museums preserves and promotes Pella's Dutch Heritage through educational programs, historical sites, Tulip Time and other events

Our friend Marco Hoornveld, who lives in Heerenveen, Friesland, the Netherlands, sent us these gorgeous pictures to whet...
04/11/2019

Our friend Marco Hoornveld, who lives in Heerenveen, Friesland, the Netherlands, sent us these gorgeous pictures to whet our appetite for tulips!

These were taken in Lisse, South Holland, recently by ANP (Algemeen Nederlands Persburo). Though the flowers are gorgeous, the farmers are more concerned with getting the bulbs out for shipment....the blooms are just the byproduct!

Although it's awful outside, lots of good things are getting done! We got our initial look at the reproduction wallpaper...
04/10/2019

Although it's awful outside, lots of good things are getting done! We got our initial look at the reproduction wallpaper that's being done by a company in Des Moines for the Scholte House. We couldn't be more pleased with how it's turning out. Second, Country Landscaping didn't let this blustery day stop them from putting our liner and the first stones into our new pond. It's upward from here!

Although the weather outside isn't too "gezellig," the Tulip Court is still out promoting our upcoming festival! .Note o...
04/10/2019

Although the weather outside isn't too "gezellig," the Tulip Court is still out promoting our upcoming festival!
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Note our special guest in our Lang Zal Ze Leven circle: the queen's grandfather!

Yes, we have wooden shoes...lots of wooden shoes! Stop in to get your size and remember--Dutch dancers get 10 percent of...
04/10/2019

Yes, we have wooden shoes...lots of wooden shoes! Stop in to get your size and remember--Dutch dancers get 10 percent off!

The City of Pella has put its "Bloom Map" online! This map helps you locate where things are budding and blooming! It's ...
04/09/2019
Pella Historical Society Museums and Tulip Time

The City of Pella has put its "Bloom Map" online! This map helps you locate where things are budding and blooming! It's updated every week. We've got a link to it on the home page of our site:

www.pellahistorical.org

The Pella Historical Society & Museums preserves and promotes Pella's Dutch Heritage through educational programs, historical sites, Tulip Time and other events

04/08/2019

The sights and sounds before tulip time.

We've got some dancing queens in the house! Our Pella Community High School Tulip Court members danced the night away at...
04/06/2019

We've got some dancing queens in the house! Our Pella Community High School Tulip Court members danced the night away at the father- daughter dance while our Pella Christian Tulip Court members were at prom!

One of the best parts about the Tulip Court is the ministry opportunities to young and old. Whether it be at hospitals, civic groups, or schools it's such a rewarding experience!
#PellaTulipCourt

We love seeing groups of people taking pictures in our Scholte Gardens! This was Pella Christian's prom tonight.
04/05/2019

We love seeing groups of people taking pictures in our Scholte Gardens! This was Pella Christian's prom tonight.

When we say our Tulip Court is royalty, we mean it! Check out all the fun places they've gotten to go the last 2 days in...
04/05/2019

When we say our Tulip Court is royalty, we mean it! Check out all the fun places they've gotten to go the last 2 days in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City!

Special thanks to Leighton State Bank for sponsoring our entire trip and our local businesses who donated food to help promote Pella!

#visitiowa #PellaTulipCourt

So many wonderful things coming into the store today!  You never know what you will find that you didn't know you needed...
04/04/2019

So many wonderful things coming into the store today! You never know what you will find that you didn't know you needed!!

04/03/2019

Baby buggies for the Tulip Time baby parade may be picked up starting April 15. Baby buggies may not be held or reserved. Be prepared to take your baby buggy with you.

Leighton State Bank
04/03/2019

Leighton State Bank

KGAN CBS 2 are you ready for the Pella Tulip Queen and her Court?!
The ladies go live over the noon hour!

Pella Historical Museum and Tulip Time #PellaTulipCourt #LSBCommunityBank

04/01/2019

Happy prom season! With local proms upon us this weekend, we wanted to let you know that Pella Historical isn't able to accommodate prom goers for pictures.

Our pond is torn up, many of the bricks have been displaced, and much of the Village is taped off. It would be dangerous to be out there on high heels and long dresses!

Thanks for your understanding.

Don't even think about missing Tulip Time this year! Our girls are out and about again today. Any guesses where? #PellaT...
03/29/2019

Don't even think about missing Tulip Time this year! Our girls are out and about again today. Any guesses where? #PellaTulipTimeRoyalCourt

03/28/2019

Come and get your Dutch costume...they're flying off the racks!

Scholte Church today til 7.
Friday 10-2
Saturday 9:00-11:30

Getting ready to see Queen Olivia and court perform at 7:00. Pella Community Center.
03/27/2019

Getting ready to see Queen Olivia and court perform at 7:00. Pella Community Center.

Address

507 Franklin St
Pella, IA
50219

General information

www.PellaHistorical.org http://pellahistoricalmuseum.wordpress.com/

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(641) 620-9463

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