Our gallery features the amazing salt and pepper shaker collection of long-time Traer resident, Ruth Rasmussen.
Begun in 1946 with Brookfield Zoo souvenirs, her collection eventually outgrew the two small sheds behind her home. The collection was purchased by the City of Traer in 2008 and fundraising began to create a permanent home for the more than 15,000 sets of shakers.
Today, the Traer Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery boasts the largest collection of publicly displayed shakers in the Midwest and is designated an "Iowa Great Place". Come see us and
Wind Up in Traer!
Let us spice up
your next tour group!
Everyone can use a bit of humor in their day and our shaker gallery is the place to get it. We can accommodate tour groups of nearly any size and can even customize an all-day adventure in Traer and Tama County. A trip to the Traer Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.