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State Historical Museum

600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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Friday lunchtime music on the terrace

This is museum is built on several levels, the highest of which has an outdoor terrace outside the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
camarillo, ca
Spectacular museum

I do not know where to begin to describe this museum. It is intended for young and old visitors. It... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
The Netherlands
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“civil war” (22 reviews)
“iowa history” (11 reviews)
“pioneer life” (3 reviews)
600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is museum is built on several levels, the highest of which has an outdoor terrace outside the museum's cafe. This terrace gives you a spectacular view of downtown Des Moines and particularly the capitol building. So.. great anytime, but on summer Fridays (between, I...More

Thank miznina
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I do not know where to begin to describe this museum. It is intended for young and old visitors. It is located in a modern building with a wonderful architecture. The entrance area is large, open and inviting. You will find carefully designed exhibits on...More

Thank WStatesTraveler
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This was a great day. We learned a lot about the history of Iowa, and it's people. The set up was easy access, and the building and each of the areas were wonderful.

Thank Jayne and Edwar... T
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Was a really good place to go. Also had war, native American, cars, crops, etc. Sort of natural history meets historical history.

Thank caitlyn_hammer
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I took my grandchildren there and they loved all the exhibits, the childrens' interactive room, etc.

Thank bboop46
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a great place to visit for all ages. It is handicapped accessible and has elevators for upper floors of exhibits. They do change their exhibits around quite a bit and have traveling exhibits there as well. Kids always love the stuffed animals on...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My mom and I went to the museum today and it was clean and very informative. My mom has some mobility issues and they had wheelchairs to borrow and we did. It takes about 2 hours to go through and well worth the trip. The...More

Thank marcusleigh
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Perfect place that replicates the history of Iowa as well as Native Americans, dinosaurs and artifacts .

Thank mdparker0410
Reviewed 3 April 2017

For a free museum this place can't be beat! Very detailed exhibits that go on and on. I was surprised by how large the museum is. Parking in the area is a bit tricky but that is the only negative. We picked it on a...More

Thank jillikin
Reviewed 29 March 2017

There are a lot of artifacts from Iowa's history and national events.Well displayed on three floors of exhibits

Thank Don S
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5 April 2017|
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