Visit or Tour

    Group touring the museum collections vault


    Experience Iowa history at the State Historical Museum of Iowa through a variety of exhibits and programs. Stop by the information desk on the first floor for a map, children’s activities and information about exhibits and programs.

    Please note: Masks are required for all visitors, volunteers and staff in order to minimize the spread of Covid-19. A limited number of masks are available for free at the front desk.


    Regular Museum Hours
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Library & Archives Research Center Hours - Temporarily Closed due to Covid-19
    9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Feel free to research information online and submit a reference request for help.

    Free admission
    Closed state holidays

    The State Historical Building is currently under renovation, but remains open to the public. 


    The museum is wheelchair accessible, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for use during your visit.

    Food and Drink

    No food or drink is allowed in the exhibit galleries or research center. 


    Free parking is available in the garage across the street from the museum at the corner of Grand Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. Metered street parking is also available.


    Groups and Schools

    The museum offers a variety of exhibits and programs to create an exciting experience for students and groups. Learn more and register for a visit.


    A variety of programs are offered for children, adults and organizations. View upcoming programs.

    Collection Tours

    Tours of the museum's collections vault have been temporarily suspended to minimize the spread of Covid-19. Please check this website for updates. In the meantime, feel free to browse the museum's online collection catalog, and keep in mind the museum's exhibits remain open to the public.

    • 600 East Locust St.
      Des Moines, IA 50319
      (515) 281-5111

    • Museum Hours
      9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

      Library & Archives Hours - Temporarily Closed
      9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

      Complimentary admission
      Closed state holidays

    • Free parking is available in the parking garage located at the corner of East Grand Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.