WATERLOO, Iowa – The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa opens its doors to the public December 2nd with a focus on engaging visitors in the full “Experience” of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere. The Museum in particular focuses on John Deere’s role in shaping the history and culture of Iowa’s Cedar Valley. “Throughout its history, John Deere has remained focused on the success of customers whose work is linked to the land,” says Dawn Hendershot, Project Manager. “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 seven in the making–from site planning to Experience design, building reuse/construction to exhibit fabrication–the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum engages visitors of all ages with a number of unique, interactive exhibits including:
- Working the Land, which helps visitors trace the evolution of work from people power to the early days of tractors and engines
- John Deere in Waterloo, where visitors discover the story behind John Deere’s arrival and growth in Waterloo
- Manufacturing, following the production of a historic John Deere tractor from design to assembly
- Into the World, where visitors can experience how John Deere tractors and engines help people do their work today
and a Museum Store, featuring a large selection of John Deere apparel, toys, and collectibles
The December launch is expected to be followed by a grand opening celebration in spring 2015.