The Iowa Historical Museum is housed in the Iowa Historical Building—a modern glass and granite building. Its many different exhibits showcase all facets of the state’s history from prehistoric fossils to modern-day gadgets.
Visitors can look at Native American and pioneer artifacts and political and military items. One can find antique aircraft in the atrium, a replica coal mine, a medical marvels display, and lifelike exhibit settings.
The museum has developed several hands-on exhibits whose purpose is to bring Iowa’s past to life. A gift shop and restaurant are housed on the premises. The facility is used for events such as the World Food Expo. and other venues.
Admission – None
Location: 600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319
Directions – just west of the State Capitol on East Locust
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday and official state holidays
Admission is freeLibrary & Archives:
The hours of reference & retrieval are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Archives, photograph, and manuscript collections are closed Saturdays, unless arrangements are made in advance.”
The Library & Archives are closed New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day