Dan Gable Museum prepares for $1.4 million renovation

By Kyle Klingman, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum | Aug. 03, 2018, 4:55 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Courtesy of National Wrestling Hall of Fame

WATERLOO, Iowa - The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is going to undergo a $1.4 million renovation and will be better than ever, but it is going to require closing the facility for four months.

The museum will close on Monday, August 6, to begin preparations for the renovation, which is scheduled to begin on September 1 and be completed by Dec. 15.

The project will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art museum with interactive displays. It will also expand the wrestling room, teaching center and theater, providing more opportunities for youth wrestlers to practice and receive instruction.

Located in a refurbished section of downtown Waterloo, the museum is named for wrestling legend and Waterloo native Dan Gable. Gable was a two-time NCAA champion and three-time finalist for Iowa State and an Olympic gold medalist. He coached the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA team championships, and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1980.

“We want the museum to be a symbol of excellence and a source of pride for the community,” said Gable. “These improvements will make the museum more modern and appealing and a place you want to go, but more importantly, they will give us the ability to impact more young lives and make a big difference in their future.”

The museum’s wrestling room will remain open through August. Please contact the Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org with questions.