Visit or Tour

    Group touring the museum collections vault

    Visit

    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.

    The State Historical Building of Iowa will be closed until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 
    Thank you for your understanding --
    and take care.

    Hours

    Museum Hours

    Monday–Saturday
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Library & Archives Research Center Hours
    Wednesday–Saturday
    9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Complimentary admission
    Closed state holidays

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

    Accessibility

    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. You may eat and drink in the building atrium or enjoy lunch at Baratta’s Café from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday on the third floor. 

    Parking

    Complimentary 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.

    Tour

    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.

    Programs

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

    Collection Tours

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the museum cares for and stores thousands of artifacts. The hour-long walking tour will take you through the climate-controlled collection storage area. Tours are offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. for groups of 4 to 10 guests. Online registration for tours is required.

    • Group Size: 4 – 10
      (Please contact us for larger groups) 
    • Ages: 12 and up
    • Cost: $10 per person
    • 600 East Locust St.
      Des Moines, IA 50319
      (515) 281-5111

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

      Library & Archives Hours
      Wednesday–Saturday
      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.

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