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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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Educational and FREE

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?

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Brooksville, Florida
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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews
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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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Brooksville, Florida
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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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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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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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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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Norwalk, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Since our children were little, every year we made a summer trip to the State Historical Museum. Each year they would discover old favorites and find new one. Each year they add a new exhibit. Our children are in their twenties now, busy with their young lifes. Yet, they always want to make a time to go together in the... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

From its permanent displays to those it changes, the museum is a MUST SEE in Des Moines. You don't need to be a history fan to appreciate the museum. Be sure to see the jars of colored sand fashioned into pictures from the late 1800s. Thousands of items on display and a wonderful library too.

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Address: 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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