About Grinnell

Exit 182
We invite you to take the next exit, Exit 182, and spend some time in our community - listed among the top American communities in Norman Crampton's publication "The 100 Best Small Towns in America."

Founded in 1854, Grinnell has produced an awe-inspiring list of architectural treasures. One of which we are particularly proud is the National Historic Landmark Grinnell Sullivan building, designed by Louis Sullivan, and located in historic downtown Grinnell.

Cultural Resources

Grinnell's cultural resources include: a historical museum, an art gallery, a community theatre, a public library, and a municipal band that performs in Central Park every Thursday in June as part of the music in the park series.

In addition, Grinnell College has an extensive calendar of cultural exhibits, symposiums, and performances open to the public. Grinnell has many special events, such as our annual Grinnell Games and Ag Appreciation Day, just to name a couple. See the Chamber of Commerce calendar for area event details. But don't wait for a special event to come to Grinnell. Visit us today or put us on your next travel itinerary!

Walking Tours

Grinnell has a number of historic buildings downtown or within an easy walking distance.

Walking Tours