Tours

Due to COVID-19, guided tours will be offered to the public with the following restrictions:

Hours of Service

  • Guided toursare available to the public Monday-Friday by appointment only. While guided tours are available from 8-4 p.m., the suggested to schedule a tour at Noon to be able to see the cows milked in the parlor.
  • The Robot and Parlor Viewing Areas will remain closed to the public.

Safety Requirements

  • While indoors, visitors, except for children under the age of two, must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Before attending a tour visitors are asked to perform the CDC self-check using the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker.
  • One visitor per group will be asked to record their contact informationin the event they need to be contacted for contact tracing.

Tour Information

  • Visitors attending a tour must be from the same family or group.
  • Upon arrival, visitors will be asked to wait outside of the Dairy Center’s main lobby. A tour guide will greet groups outdoors.
  • To limit money handling, tours are offered by free-will donation. Suggested donation is $5 per adult and $3 per child. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Checks can be made out to the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation.
  • Tours will be led through the indoor areas of the Dairy Center’s lobby, museum, Hall of Breeds, Parlor Viewing Area and Robotic Viewing Area. Following indoor areas, visitors will be led through outdoor areas such as the freestall barn, maternity barn and calf barn in that order.
  • At this time, visitors will not be able to go into any classrooms, labs or the Nutrition Room.
  • Visitors are asked to look at museum items, but not touch.
  • At the end, visitors will be allowed indoors to wash hands in the bathroom near the main lobby. After hand washing, visitors must exit.

Iowa's Dairy Center is not only a working farm, but a tourism facility where you can learn about modern dairy farming.

On your tour you will see:

  • Milking Parlor
  • Robotic Milking Facility
  • Freestall Barn
  • Maternity Barn
  • Calf Barn
  • Iowa's Dairy Museum
  • Hall of Breeds

The unique dairy farm features a milking parlor system where 160 cows are milked three times daily, 4 a.m., Noon and 8 p.m. Also, since December of 2013 two robotic milking units were installed to milk the remaining 120 cows. The viewing platforms for these milking systems are open 24-hours a day. Stop by and see the cows getting milked anytime.

Dairy Foundation Brochure Self-Guided Tour Brochure

Tour comparison guide

Self-Guided Guided
Cost Free $5 adults, $3 school-age children
What do you get to see?
  • Milking Parlor
  • Robotic Milking Facility
  • Iowa's Dairy Museum
  • Hall of Breeds
  • Milking Parlor
  • Robotic Milking Facility
  • Free Stall Barn
  • Maternity Barn
  • Calf Barn
  • Iowa's Dairy Museum
  • Hall of Breeds
When can I come on a tour? You can visit Iowa's Dairy Museum and the Hall of Breeds during regular business hours. The parlor viewing area and robotic viewing area are open 24/7. Please call in advance to set up a tour time. Tours are typically given on weekdays at 1 p.m.
How many people can come on a tour? Tours of any size are welcome. Tours of any size are welcome.

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