Our permanent and rotating exhibits are located in Heritage Hall at the Historical Village.
Here Comes the Bride: Pella Wedding Gowns, 1900-1930s
This exhibit explores early Pella wedding gowns, begining with the simple, high-collared dresses of the early 1900s to the high-hemmed, low-waisted dresses of the 1920s through the makeshift dresses of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Each gown belonged to a bride in south-central Iowa. View the many beautiful dresses in our collection, and learn about how fashions shifted over time.
Pella Artists, 1880s-1980s
Pella has seen many artists over the decades, including both immigrants from the Netherlands and native-born "Pella-cans." Our collection of artwork is extensive, and this exhibit gives a small taste of it. Come see the works of Cornelius A. Bartels, Leonora Keables Scholte, Ed Le Cocq, and many others.
Gouda Pottery, 1898-1963
Our Gouda Pottery Collection is one of the largest in North America. Pronounced "how-da," Gouda is a city in the Netherlands known for its cheese and its abundance of clay. The production of decorative Gouda pottery began in the late nineteenth century, extending through the 1920s. Due to the depression and World War II, production and sales declined in the twentieth century, making it very rare today. Come see our beautiful collection, recently donated by Richard Dexter of Beloit, Wisconsin.
Dutch Costume Exhibit
The Dutch costume exhibit features costumes from all over the Netherlands, spanning many time periods, provinces, and villages. Dutch costumes often symbolize different aspects of the person wearing it, such as religious denomination, marriage status, or stage of mourning.
Learn about the traditions of different costumes, from tip of the hat to bottom of the wooden shoe!
Goliath: Dutch Street Organ
Our Dutch street organ, dubbed Goliath, was built between 1884 and 1900 in Belgium. It eventually made its way to Pella, where it is now on display in Heritage Hall. Goliath has nine hundred pipes that produce each sound, and it plays by "reading" slotted books with a pinbox, each slot telling it where to send compressed air. Goliath comes out to play a few times a year, but you can see him at rest whenever PHSM is open.