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Experience a day with the Dutch right here in Iowa! 

Take a guided tour of the Vermeer Windmill, explore the Historical Village, and put yourself in the shoes of the Scholte family - Pella's founders. With so many things to do at Pella Historical Museums, you'll want to spend the entire day!

Hours

Scholte House
(mid-March through December)

NOW OPEN
Monday-Saturday
1:00-4:00pm

Historical Village
(mid-March through December)

NOW OPEN
Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm

Vermeer Windmill Tours
(mid-March through December)

NOW OPEN
Monday-Friday: 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, & 2:30
Saturday: 10:30, 11:30, & 1:30

Amsterdam School
To bring your group,
fill out the form here.

Maria's Tea Room
(Open year-round)

Wednesday through Saturday
Seatings at 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Make your required reservation here.

Klokkenspel
Performances occur daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 9:00pm.

Hours and tour times are different during Tulip Time.

Admission

VERMEER WINDMILL & HISTORICAL VILLAGE
HISTORICAL VILLAGE ONLY
SCHOLTE HOUSE
MUSEUM COMBO
SCHOLTE TEA COMBO
Adults (19+)
$20.00
$12.00
$10.00
$28.00
$23.00
Students (5-18)
$15.00
$10.00
$5.00
$18.00
$18.00
Children (4 & under)
Free
Free
Free
Free
$12.00
Members
Free
Free
Free
Free
$12.00

Museum Combo: This ticket is good for the Vermeer Windmill, Historical Village (including the Wyatt Earp Experience), and the Scholte House Museum. Purchase at the Vermeer Windmill, available Monday through Saturday.

Scholte Tea Combo: Tour the Scholte House Museum along with your Maria's Tea Room reservation.
Book your tea here, then let your tea room host or the Scholte House Museum docent know the day of your visit for reduced admission.

Prices are different during Tulip Time, and combo tickets are not available.

Group Tours

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We are happy to schedule special tours for groups of 10 or more! Special tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Please fill out the form here to begin planning your visit.

Tulip Time Bus Tours, please email tuliptime@pellahistorical.com for special information.

Teachers, we'd love to host your students at Pella Historical Village, the Vermeer Windmill, the Scholte House Museum, and Amsterdam School!

Please fill out the form here to begin planning your visit.

Interested in grant opportunities for field trips? Check out the Iowa History Center by clicking the logo below.

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FAQs

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Are dogs or other pets allowed in the museums?
Given the nature of our historic buildings, and because we hold a food license for processing flour, only service animals trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are permitted on tours and in the museums. We cannot allow other dogs, pets, or animals, including those whose sole function is to provide comfort, emotional support, companionship, or therapy.

How long does the tour last?

  • Vermeer Windmill, guided: 45 minutes to an hour

  • Historical Village, self-guided: Some guests spend an hour, other spend the entire day. On average, you can expect to spend 1.5 - 3 hours in the Village​.

  • Scholte House, self-guided: Guests usually spend 30-45 minutes exploring.

Once I've started my self-guided tour of the Historical Village, am I able to leave and come back?
Yes! We will stamp your arm so we know you've paid, allowing you to leave for lunch, a nap, shopping, or whatever else your day brings. You can come back to continue exploring anytime before we close that day!

Am I able to book my tour ahead of time?
Currently, we only sell tickets for all of our museums in person, day of. We are not able to sell tickets over the phone, online, in advance, or anything of that nature. Maria's Tea Room is the exception - reservations for a seating must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Can I bring a group to tour the museums?
Yes, we love to host group tours! If you have 10 or more people in your group, you might qualify for a special tour. 
Please find our special tour policies here. If you'd like to begin the process of scheduling your group tour, fill out the form here.

Do you offer discounts to visit the museums?

  • Active and retired military and their families are offered discounts for the Vermeer Windmill and Historical Village tours. Discounts vary depending on the season; Pella Historical Museums is a Blue Star Museum.

  • Grade school and high school students and their teachers/chaperones are offered discounts for field trips. Learn more when you begin planning your visit - see question above.

  • Members of Pella Historical Museums have always free admission to the museums. Learn more about becoming a member here.

  • Students in the Pella School District have always free admission to the museums.

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