Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes

Okoboji

Opened in 1978, the purpose of this museum is to acquire, preserve and display the notes and artifacts of the National Banks. The National Banking system played a key role in the financing of the Civil War, and in stabilizing the banking system and provided credit to both the government and the public during the important fifty year period between the Civil War and World War One. Iowa in particular was well served by the National Banks. The first bank to open business, and for two days the only National Bank in America was the First National bank of Davenport, Charter number 15. 496 National Banks in 300 Iowa Communities issued National Bank Notes during the Period 1863-1935. Development of the Higgins Museum has been focused on the issues of Iowa and its adjacent states. The Iowa galleries display the most complete state collection of National Bank Note issues ever assembled for a major state, with 278 of the state's 300 communities of issue represented.

Open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.

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By Homaha Mom on August 9, 2022

If you have children interested in history - take them to this museum. It's free and full of old bills from all over the country. Plus some old bank vaults and teller stations. The gentleman that runs this place is so knowledgeable and very enjoyable to listen to. He even had goodie bags for the kids.

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By Mary Halford on August 14, 2021

We enjoyed the museum. The curator was very knowledgeable and friendly and exceeded our expectations.

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By Stan Lemkuil on February 19, 2016

Stan and Colleen Lemkuil love to take guests here. They learn a lot about money, history and the area. The tours are interesting. Larry Adams with show you around. Bessie Higgins received the Women in History award in 2015 from the Ladies of the Lake Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and it is displayed in the museum entrance. Stop here and learn about money today. Scrap book on Mrs. Geiger from Sheldon and her embezzelement back in around 1961.

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By Tresa Knoff on July 9, 2017

This is the most interesting place to visit! The children loved it and we were there for an hour. The curator is so knowledgeable & hands on for the kids. Bills from all states to see.

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By Bryan on December 8, 2021

Large collection of national bank notes. Also has a large collection of local bank related post cards. A ton of information.