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State Historical Museum

600 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50319
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Ranked #10 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Des Moines
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I would have loved to have seen Floppy. The guide said they had a Duesenberg but I could not find it.

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114 reviews 114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The museum is not what you typically think about when you consider a historical museum. All of the displays are newer and up to date. The exhibit areas are a bit dark and it can be hard to see some of the exhibits with such a low light level, but otherwise it is worth the time and effort, And it... More

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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

After visiting the capital I walked down to the historical museum rather than move the car. The museum is free which was nice. It contains a HUGE atrium area. I started on the second floor and worked my way down to the first floor. There are a variety of exhibits and dioramas showing the history of Iowa. I actually liked... More

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Millersburg, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The State Museum was one of the stops on our bus trip itinerary. We spent approximately 1-1/2 hours here and could have easily spent more time. The Museum is nicely laid out with many interactive displays. It was really interesting learning about the early pioneer life in this fine State.

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La Grange, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great place to learn about products that made Iowa famous as well as the ecological minded people who made this state great. Loved the dioramas, and the special exhibit about Hollywood and Iowa. It is a free museum, but for a Saturday afternoon, there were only a handful of people here. Felt like I had the place to myself. Even... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not a bad stop for history buffs. I appreciated the civil war exhibit, but didn't have time to go through all exhibits

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Yeppoon, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is filled with so much history and culture surrounding Iowa from the civil war era right through to modern day. The exhibits and displays were constructed perfectly and were fantastic to look at. Well worth the visit.

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McAlester, Oklahoma
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90 reviews 90 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Don't know what I was expecting but found it to be rather sterile. Building and grounds were well maintained although the day we were there, there were groups of homeless people sitting around, (It was very hot outside). The 'rooms' were not easy to follow to see everything, felt like i was in a maze, so our little group of... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Interesting exhibits in a comfortable, environment. The exhibits change periodically. Currently Iowa made movies and movie stars from Iowa are on display. The history of Iowa display is very interesting and well done, also.

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Panora, Iowa
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

How much Historical Museum can you endure in one visit? Well, that's about how much museum this is. It's underfunded but they do a pretty good job of keeping the displays fresh so there is always something new to see. It's NOT the old Historical Building of my youth that I loved, but that's OK because that was just a... More

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