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.

    Please note: Masks are optional for all visitors and are available at the front desk.

    Hours

    Museum
    Tuesday–Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Library & Archives
    Open by appointment only
    Find the latest hours and make an appointment. 

    Complimentary admission - masks are optional for all visitors and are available at the front desk.
    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. 

    Parking

    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.

    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

    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
      Tuesday–Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

      Library & Archives - Open by appointment only
      Find the latest hours and make an appointment. 

      Complimentary admission - masks are optional for all visitors and are available at the front desk.
      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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