The Bennett School Museum

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated by the Bennett family at the southwest corner of what is now known as Fuller Road and 50th Street. The school was eventually sold, remodeled slightly, and used as a private home for a number of years before being donated to the West Des Moines Historical Society by its final owners. Through the generosity of the community, a restoration project was begun in 1997 which returned the school to it’s former appearance.

New in 2020: Monthly Open House Tours of the Bennett School Museum
Visit the Bennett School Museum and learn how students learned the Three Rs in a one-room schoolhouse. Visit any time between 11am-12:30pm.

Admission: Tickets only. Tickets can be purchased by following this link.

Tour Dates:
Saturday, February 8
Friday, March 20
Saturday, April 11
Saturday, May 9
Friday, June 12
Saturday, July 11
Friday, August 7
Saturday, September 12

Groups wanting a private tour of the Bennett School Museum should call the Historical Society office (515-225-1286) or email info@wdmhs.org to schedule a time. The tour fee is $5 per person with a $40 minimum. Visitors can experience a docent-led classroom experience.

 

The school building may also be rented for special events, parties, classes, meetings, etc. For rental information please contact the West Des Moines Historical Society at 515-225-1286.