We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Kaleidoscope Factory

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Review Highlights
Build your own Kaleidoscope

Of the places to visit in Pocahontas, this is a must see. Got to see what makes a kaleidoscope... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Oak Harbor, Washington
via mobile
Interesting and Entertaining

Leonard Olson was the artisan who shared his story and how he came to love being a kaleidoscope... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
via mobile
Read all 12 reviews
All photos (6)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good16%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“egg”(2 reviews)
“souvenir”(2 reviews)
Watch kaleidoscopes being made. See wood turning demonstrations. Learn about the "magic" inside a kaleidoscope by seeing one completed right before your eyes. Visit the free Steven Kaleidoscope Museum housed inside.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
214 N Main St, Pocahontas, IA 50574-1624
+1 515-408-1269
Improve This Listing
Reviews (12)
Filter reviews
12 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews well worth the stop egg souvenir leonard cribbage
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Of the places to visit in Pocahontas, this is a must see. Got to see what makes a kaleidoscope work and then pick out specific colors to make a unique souvenir. Also has some great woodworking.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank patrickhJ1655VC
Reviewed 2 May 2018

I had read about this in Iowa's Travel Guide and knew we would be passing through and figured I'd see what it was all about. My husband is really into cribbage and I had read that they had cribbage boards for sale there. We weren't...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank cassiew714
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Leonard Olson was the artisan who shared his story and how he came to love being a kaleidoscope maker. He started with a square of walnut , turned it on a lathe into an egg shape. He allowed me to pick out stones to design...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank SueB645
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Terrific Experience! I have always wanted a good quality kaleidoscope and now I have one made by THE MASTER OF KALEIDOSCOPES-Mr. Leonard Olson! The highlight of the day was chatting with Leonard...he is so interesting, funny, mellow and cordial. We stayed for over two hours...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank gdmontana
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of interesting Kaleidoscopes. We really enjoyed our visit. You can tell he has great passion for what he does. Well worth the stop.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Aimee R
Reviewed 25 November 2016

We pulled into town after dark on our way to a campground and thought we'd see if the Kaleidoscope Factory would be open the next day. I looked through the glass door and low and behold a little old man with a long white beard...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank rs03nc
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Neat wooden kaleidoscopes, puzzles, games and toys. We were just pasting through town - really glad we stopped in. We got a make your own kaleidoscope kit and a wooden airplane for our 4 year old son (he loves it). The shop keep was delightful!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank DayTrippers3
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Very interesting experience. I always wondered what made a Kaleidoscope so pretty inside. After assisting with making one now I know. If you are near Pocahontas stop in and see this amazing place. Leonard, the owner, was a very interesting fellow so we talked a...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank 358vikih
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Leonard Olson and his shop were recently featured on TV so we just had to visit the place when we were in town. He welcomes everyone in and has a friendly spiel that is great for kids. He'll make a little egg-shaped kaleidoscope while you...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Pferdina
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed this, he was very patient with my 3 year old wanting to play with the hand made pull toys. Would like to come again when my boys are older!

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank 629deannl
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Pocahontas Inn & Suites
20 reviews
.30 km away
Park View Inn & Suites
55 reviews
31.59 km away
Super 8 by Wyndham Humboldt
148 reviews
35.71 km away
AmericInn by Wyndham Humboldt
35 reviews
36.13 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 6 nearby restaurants
Family Table of Pocahontas
17 reviews
.92 km away
Shore Side Pub & Grub
5 reviews
25.31 km away
Wagon Wheel Cafe
21 reviews
30.88 km away
Pizza Ranch
11 reviews
.06 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 9 nearby attractions
Grotto of the Redemption
224 reviews
28.47 km away
Wild Rose Casino & Resort
12 reviews
42.35 km away
Community Orchard
62 reviews
43.03 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Kaleidoscope Factory staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines