Discover the stories of Iowa’s growth and development through exhibits displaying a rich collection of artifacts and documents.

    • Learn about life in Iowa before it became a state and the many changes that took place when settlers arrived in You Gotta Know the Territory.
    • Explore Iowa’s rich natural resources and the balance between using these resources and preserving them in Delicate Balance.  
    • Discover what inspired more than 76,000 Iowans to fight for the Union and the role they played in the nation’s bloodiest war in Iowa and the Civil War.
    • Explore Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen from the early 1900s to today in Hollywood in the Heartland.
    • Discover the history of bicycling in Iowa including the story of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) in Riding Through History.