Mini-Americana Barn Museum

413 P Street
PO Box 124 , South Amana, IA 52334


Mini-Americana is the largest known collection of 1/12 scale miniature replicas built by one man, woodworker Henry Moore (1911-1983).

Following a scale of one inch to one foot, Mini-Americana is a unique display of over 200 miniatures that depict the history of rural America. Each building, an exact replica of an original structure either past or present, took an average of six months to complete.

Each exhibit is finished in complete detail, inside and out: Shingles are fashioned from real cedar, siding is worked to exact proportions, and windowpanes are made of real glass. Houses have curtains; the blacksmith shop has a forge; and the barns have pens, mangers and even movable stanchions. Activities abound from fertile imaginations. Charlotte Moore (1913-1993) was responsible for collecting the over 3,000 small items, farm equipment, livestock, people, etc. in the displays. Clothing was hand made for each of the dolls and the livestock was hand painted.

Mini-Americana is a warm, personal experience filled with educational history, architecture and wonderment. Many of our visitors have commented that it is a “trip worth taking for the young and old alike.”