Toolesboro Mounds & Museum

The Hopewellian mounds at Toolesboro are among the best-preserved and accessible remnants of an ancient culture flourishing from around 200 B.C. to 300 A.D. The five-acre site includes several large surviving mounds, a museum and a prairie demonstration plot.  The museum is open seasonally but the grounds are open to visitors year round.  Read about the History of Toolesboro or check out the Teacher's Guide for more information.  The Toolesboro Mounds and Museum is a National Historic Landmark located on the Great River Road in Louisa County, Iowa.    To learn about other fun things to do and places along the Great River Road visit:



East of Wapello

6568 Toolesboro Avenue, Wapello, IA 52653

Museum Hours:

Starting Saturday, August 8, 2020 visitors are welcome inside the Toolesboro Museum.  We will ask that you wear a mask and sanitize your hands as you enter.  Staff Interepreters are onsite Wednesday-Sunday; 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm to greet you.  Please call the Conservation Office at 319-523-8381 with any questions.  

Memorial Weekend - Labor Day: 12:30 - 4:30 pm, Wednesday - Sunday

(open Memorial & Labor Day)

Labor Day - October 31: 12:30 - 4:30 pm, Saturdays only

Closed remainder of the year except by appointment for groups

Size: 5 acres

Habitat: mowed park, timber, prairie

Amenities: museum, outdoor interpretive panels, picnic tables,  prairie plot

Activities: picnicking

Trails: 0.1 miles - hiking (mowed trail in prairie)



Go to Louisa County Conservation Google Map to see all areas and be able to get directions

Discovering Toolesboro - Virtual Hike

Welcome to (virtual) Toolesboro! The stations below will guide you as you learn all about Toolesboro National Historic Landmark. Some of the stations include details on other web resources that you can visit to learn even more from the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist and from the State Historical Society of Iowa. 

If you have any questions during or after your hike feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Louisa County Conservaiton Naturalist Lana Artz-McComb. She would be happy to answer all of your questions! 

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Toolesboro Information
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About Toolesboro National Historic Landmark
2 What is at Toolesboro National Historic Landmark?
3 Mounds 1 through 4
4 What are Burial Mounds?
5 Who were the Mound Builders?
6 The Hopewell Interaction Sphere
7 Archaeology at Toolesboro
8 Artifact Summary
9 Let's Talk Time
10 Traveling the Great River Road
11  Toolesboro for Kids
12 More from the State Historical Society of Iowa
13  More from the Iowa Office of the State Archaeology


Contact Us

P: 319-523-8381

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Link to Staff Pages

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Conservation Office

12635 CR G56, Suite 101

Wapello, IA 52653


Office Hours:

M - F, 9:00 - 3:00

Other times by chance or appointment