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Villisca, Iowa: Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum Team Field Report

508 E. 2nd St., Villisca, IA
Villisca Ax Murder House. I-29 exit 35, then east on US Hwy 34 for 45 miles, then south on US Hwy 71 for three miles. Turn left onto U Ave. The Villisca Ax Murder House is several blocks away, on the northwest corner of 2nd St. and 6th Ave.
Tours April-Oct. T-Su 1-4. Overnights nightly year-round. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Tour $10. Overnight stay $428.
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Villisca Axe Murder House.

Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

A still-unknown maniac axed the family in this house in 1912. Visitors can tour the house, or sleep over if they're feeling fearless. Now heated! Memorable "Ax Murder House" sign out front. Report...

Ax Murder House.

Villisca, Iowa - Darwin on the Ax Murders
Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum:

Ax Murder House owner Darwin Linn talked in 2007 about that crazy night in 1912.

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Ax Murder House.

Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

The sign no longer has blood dripping from it. Tours are from 1-4 pm, so we didn't get inside. We talked to a neighbor. who asked if we could put the house in our trailer and take it away. He said they are not happy with all the traffic that comes through their sleepy little town. I asked who runs it and he said the widow and the next door neighbor. The story is sad, considering no one was found to have committed the horrific acts. You wonder how they lived without giving away their secret, and took it to their grave.

[Rose, 08/14/2017]

Ax Murder House.

Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

So, the house is ok. The story is crazy. I'm sure it used to be cooler. I went there last month because I was in the area. I decided to take the tour, which isn't really a tour, and really wasn't worth the $10 I paid. The "tour" is someone telling you the sequence of events from that night, and telling you to go explore on your own. Maybe spending the night is better than the daytime tour, I don't know.

[Ashley Craig, 04/24/2014]

Darwin, your guide.

Axe Murder House

Darwin is a super-nice guy. He really gets a kick out of showing people the house, and telling the history of the house (and the whole town). I spent almost 2 hours there. The axe murder house is cool, but Darwin makes it a special, one-of-a-kind experience. If you are bored with the "canned" and scripted walking tour, this is for you.

[Kenny, 10/23/2007]

Darwin's a great host and local history expert. It was a slow tour day, so we tagged along with him from the town museum, over to the murder house, and finished at the cemetery.

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