John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum to Open on Dec. 2

Visitors to the museum will be able to explore the long history of John Deere tractor production.
Visitors to the museum will be able to explore the long history of John Deere tractor production.

According to a recent company press release, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is slated to open its doors on Dec. 2 to the public in Waterloo, Ia., giving visitors an in-depth look at the history of John Deere tractors.

"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."

In addition to showcasing John Deere tractors, the museum will show how the John Deere Waterloo Works factory is progressing equipment technology and the Cedar Valley. The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults between 13 and 61 will be $8.00, and children under 13 will be able to attend for free. Seniors will only need to pay $4.00 to enter the museum.

"Throughout its history, John Deere has remained focused on the success of customers whose work is linked to the land," Hendershot continued. "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."

The museum itself is located on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, and it highlights the growth of the tractor business at John Deere, which is the world’s largest provider of agricultural equipment.

The facility has been under production for approximately four years, and it will join other John Deere sites in the Midwest including the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Ill., and the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Ill. Deere has also announced that the grand opening celebration will be held this coming spring.