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Permanent Exhibits - Upper Level

UPPER LEVEL: The Lighter Side

Permanent Exhibits - Upper Level

The Carnegie Cultural Center is known for its fine array of Permanent Exhibits consisting of models and miniatures that all, in some way, speak to past and present life in Chickasaw County. The upper level exhibits feature themes on "The Lighter Side" and the lower level is dedicated to the overall theme of "Paths and Power."

Natvig Brothers' Circus

Displays: Main Street Circus Parade, Under the Big Top, Circus Life, Show on Rails, The Bottin Elephants, and Historic Wagons

While the "Natvig Brothers Circus" is a fictional name, this exhibit is comprised of thoroughly- researched and meticulously-fashioned scale models of historic circus...

Toy Town

Displays: Mini Mansions, Fun Furnishings, Dolls

Comprised of toys and artifacts from a number of donors, "Toy Town" is the pathway to a trip down memory lane. In one diorama, dollhouse-size replicas of an early 20th century general store and country cottage are replete with period furnishings, accessories, and...

Billy J's Clown Circus

Displays: Circus Sights and Sounds, What Is a Horse?, Olio

Always colorful and often comedic, Billy J. Smith infuses his work with action and his own unique sense of humor. This exhibit's center piece captures the sound, action, and boisterous fun that accompanied the arrival of the circus in the Chickasaw County town of Nashua...

Arle's Folly

Displays: Work Shop, Arleland

Growing up in rural Chickasaw County during the 1930s, Arle Ziske depended upon and was fascinated by steam engines used in farming. The first Christmas after WWII...

Doc Tunnell & Co.

(One display)

With a few years "off" to serve in the military during WWII, Dr. W.E. Tunnell practiced optometry out of an office in the central business district for almost 60...

Gregg's Grandiose Miniatures

This captivating display of HO scale circus equipment was crafted by Gregg Kruse of Iowa City. Mr. Kruse turned to model making after a career as a lab tech at the Veteran's hospital…which helps explain his interest and skill at working in such a small scale. Because of the small scale and the number of pieces, Gregg's diorama depicts a more comprehensive circus layout including a circus parade...