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State Historical Museum

600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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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 1 week ago
WStatesTraveler
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The Netherlands
GREAT

This was a great day. We learned a lot about the history of Iowa, and it's people. The set up was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jayne and Edwar... T
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“civil war” (22 reviews)
“iowa history” (11 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 28 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
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Took our 10 and 7 year old niece & nephew. Free admission to and very nice museum. There is a lot more to see than the kids could absorb in one visit, but the various exhibits held their attention for a couple hours. I never...More

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arkauca
What are the hours???
5 April 2017|
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Response from Jay Y | Reviewed this property |
M-s. 9-4:30 Sun 12-4:30
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