The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum officially opened in Waterloo, Iowa on December 2, 2014, welcoming visitors to experience the deep-rooted history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere.
Residing on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, the museum showcases the rich history and evolution of the tractor business. The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum celebrates 177 years of endurance, and acts as a tribute to both hardworking employees and loyal customers who have contributed to the company’s growth over the years.
Taking almost four years to make, the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum joins many other company attractions in the Midwest, including the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois and the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. So, let’s welcome the museum with open arms and look at all that it has to offer!
The Early Days
When first entering the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum, visitors will see the iconic D tractor, the first tractor that John Deere designed and manufactured on site. Tracing back to the very beginning of the company, guests will be exposed to the early days of tractors and engines.
The Story of John Deere
Going right down the company timeline, visitors can learn more about why the tractor was originally needed and developed in the first place. The evolution of the John Deere tractor is showcased with the display of two key tractors, one from the past and one from the present. These two tractors are the Model B and the 7290R, showing off the dramatic difference in technology from the very start of it all to what is currently in production.
The Manufacturing of Tractor and Engines
Visitors are invited to follow the production of a historic John Deere tractor from start to finish. Nineteen tractors, 6 engines and many interactive learning activities are spread across the museum to reveal all of the hard work that goes into the design and assembly of each machine.
A 1914 Waterloo Boy tractor, one of the first Waterloo Boy tractors known to exist, is on display for all to admire. There are also two tractors that visitors can climb on for the perfect photo op.
The Role in Everyday Farming
Taking visitors back to present time, the museum provides a look into the everyday role that tractors and engines play in agriculture. Helping people complete important work on a daily basis, John Deere tractors and engines have had a huge impact on individual lives and the agriculture industry as a whole. This is something that is certainly made clear to visitors when touring the museum.
The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Admission is $8 for adult (ages 13-61) and $4 for seniors, John Deere employees and retirees, and active duty military. Note that children ages 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
If you’re looking for a guided tour, you’re in luck because they are available for an additional $2 per visitor. It’s recommended to schedule your tour in advance, due to limited space. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.
Now that you’ve heard all about the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum, we should probably let you go plan your first visit! And, if you’ve already visited the museum, we’d love to hear all about your experience. If you enjoyed this post or want to read others, feel free to connect with us on Facebook or Google+!