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State Historical Museum

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Address: 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5111
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Interesting history museum

This is a free museum that has many historical attractions The current exhibit on the Civil War was very interesting and well laid out. Many of the displays had items that were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a free museum that has many historical attractions The current exhibit on the Civil War was very interesting and well laid out. Many of the displays had items that were identified as to their original owners which made them much more interesting I did not have enough time to see the whole museum but one could spend hours... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

They have a lot of interesting exhibits. Right now there is a Hollywood exhibit showing connections Iowa has with Hollywood. Very impressive.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is NOT a family friendly museum and has absolutely nothing to offer in the way of engaging exhibits. Exceptionally poor signage (if you can find it). The parking lot entrance is on the opposite side of the building to the reception desk. In between was a big empty space with absolutely nothing. We felt like we walked into a... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This museum is just as good as ones I visited in New York City. Really well done. Who knew Iowa was such a fascinating place?

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Harrison, Arkansas
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Free to the public but we were compelled to leave a donation because it's so good we wanted to contribute. Very well laid out, great exhibits and so much to see! We spent hours looking through everything. We especially enjoyed the Civil War and animal sections. So much history about Iowa and highly recommend for children. There was an entire... More 

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RHODE ISLAND
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

not a thing not to like. Gave a broad overview of Iowa and it was laid out nicely so it was a great education and had some really nice items to look at. Good for the whole family. not expensive to get in.nice,clean, good place to visit.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Great displays on the Civil War and the history of the Iowa Coal mining industry. Well worth the trip and it's free!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you enjoy history and/or museums, this is a great place. I especially enjoyed learning about the Civil War - I'll definitely go back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very wide ranging exhibitions including now the Civil War battle flag restorations. Laid back museum that is friendly to seniors and kids with convenient restaurants and located in the middle of the East Village near State Capitol.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I must say that I have been to more impressive history museums, but this one still had a nice selection of exhibits. Best of all....it's free! I particularly enjoyed the "Hollywood in Iowa" and Civil War Exhibits. I do wish they had better signage, as we got kind of lost wandering through one exhibit and went through it backwards. I... More 

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Address: 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5111
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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