The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, opened its doors to the public Dec. 2 with a focus on engaging visitors in the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere, especially in Iowa’s Cedar Valley.
Deere said the December launch will be followed by a grand opening celebration to be held in spring 2015.
“Tractors and engines have been and continue to be important to John Deere’s success,” said Dawn Hendershot, project manager. “We are pleased to share the history of these products as part of our overall story as a technology leader and quality manufacturer.”
Located on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, museum exhibits highlight the rich history and dynamic growth of the tractor business at John Deere, the world’s largest provider of agricultural equipment.
“Throughout its history, John Deere has remained focused on the success of customers whose work is linked to the land,” Hendershot said. “For 177 years, Deere has endured various economic cycles, and this museum is a tribute to the resilience of John Deere employees and customers to weather both the good times and the bad.”
Nearly four years in the making, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum joins various other company attractions in the Midwest, including the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Ill., and the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Ill.
The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults ages 13-61 and $4 for seniors, active-duty military, John Deere employees and retirees. Children ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult can enjoy the museum for free. For more information about tours and the museum, e-mail WaterlooTractor&EngineMuseum@JohnDeere.com or call (319) 292-6126.