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State Historical Museum

600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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IOWA HISTORY HERE TO VIEW

I have visited here several times. The exhibits on site are changed. The facility has ample space... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Linda C
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Marshalltown, Iowa
Tons of rooms to look through

I've visited lots of museums and this one is one of the greatest. It had two floors filled with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sylwiax3
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Palos Hills, Illinois
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“civil war” (23 reviews)
“iowa history” (12 reviews)
“wooly mammoth” (4 reviews)
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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
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+1 515-281-5111
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"civil war"
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"iowa history"
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"wooly mammoth"
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"native americans"
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"learned a great deal"
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"free parking garage"
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"stuffed animals"
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"three floors"
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"interesting exhibits"
in 5 reviews
"john wayne"
in 2 reviews
"displays change"
in 2 reviews
"bridges of madison county"
in 2 reviews
"bus trip"
in 2 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 6 reviews
"large exhibit"
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"modern building"
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"limited hours"
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Reviewed yesterday

I have visited here several times. The exhibits on site are changed. The facility has ample space is handicap accessible with very helpful workers to assist you with your visit. Location is right down town easy to locate. They have a mobile experience "Iowa History...More

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've visited lots of museums and this one is one of the greatest. It had two floors filled with lots of rooms to walk through. Very easy to locate place and street parking was ample!

Thank Sylwiax3
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family, with teens and a young child, met my parents here. It was very educational. Not only did my kids learn a lot, but even my history buff hubby and Dad learned things. The layout was very nice and if you get hungry there’s...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that I've been visiting the State Historical Museum since I was a little boy, so periodically for the last 30+ years. With that being said, however, I'm not certain whether some of the exhibits have ever been updated in that...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We had a few hours before our check to our hotel so thought we would take a look at the Museum. It was so interesting and all the thing we learned about the state. The staff at the desk were very friendly too. GREAT MUSEUM!!!

2  Thank MIDWESTJF
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

This museum is free and has some interesting exhibits about Iowa’s history. The state has incredibly rich soil which the Native Americans would grow crops such as corn on. It is estimated corn has been growing in Iowa soil since the year 1000. When the...More

2  Thank VikkiBee
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

One of the best state museums we've ever visited. Lot larger than I thought. Wish we'd allowed more time. The tiered plaza-gardens outside are great, too.

1  Thank OlatheRoadTripper
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are on a Fall Foliage search across the US and stopped in Des Moines, Iowa on our way to Missouri! It is a large 3-story museum and is organized so well! A monster of a Wooly Mammoth skeleton greets you once...More

2  Thank Rae A
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

It is worth the time, the money, and a family event. Place is spotless. The gift shop has lots of little gift ideas. Supported by lots of IOWANS.

1  Thank 881lizp
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We were particularly interested in the civil war history and were not disappointed. Enjoyed the Iowa 101 exhibit as well. Only partial day visit, so we'll be back for more

Thank Glennda1313
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Free. And the small restaurant is very reasonable.
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