this museum is a mixture of old and new types of museums. the Iowa hall is relatively new and takes you on a 500-million-year adventure through Iowa's geological, cultural and ecological history.
In contract the Mammal Hall is the old fashion way of museums with rows and rows of display cases full of taxidermied animals. It was great to see a museum still this way and even my son liked it. Some of the taxidermy was in need of repair and some were just scary looking but overall was great to see.
The museum is on two floors the first and the third. the main part is on the first floor. and you have to be very observant to find the two doors on either side of the exhibit to know to there is two whole other areas.
I was there during Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend so there were activity tables through out the museum and special lectures and talks. Unfortunately, we missed these but the topics seemed very interesting.
I love the proximity to the Old Capitol building to you can just walk over and see it two. Parking was something left to be desired. I'm not sure if that is that busy every weekend in that area or just because of the Asics fan fest for the Olympic trials but we had to park a few blocks away in a parking garage. Turned out to be a nice walk and we did have the option of walking at least part of the way through the Old Capital Mall.
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