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State Historical Museum

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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Large Museum, free admission.

A museum worth a visit. Many artifacts, including some interesting and unique Civil War items. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kurt S
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Neenah, Wisconsin
Wonderful history

We walked down from the Capitol building - just a nice little stroll to enjoy the capitol grounds... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
pamonasteph
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“civil war” (24 reviews)
“iowa history” (15 reviews)
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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
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+1 515-281-5111
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A museum worth a visit. Many artifacts, including some interesting and unique Civil War items. The only reason I give four stars instead of five is that the descriptions on many of the artifacts were too brief, or didn't explain the item's significance adequately.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked down from the Capitol building - just a nice little stroll to enjoy the capitol grounds. The Museum was rich in Iowa history and kept the boys' attention. Nice and education place to visit.

Thank pamonasteph
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Worth the stop. Free admission. Lots to see inside. There is a place to dine inside. Very interesting historical display of WWI, WWII, and the Civil War plus Iowa history and Iowans in Hollywood. Hands-on play area for kids.

Thank Sher S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our activity for the day didn't start until around lunch time, so we visited the museum in the morning. Free admission! Lots of interesting exhibits and displays. The staff was super nice and helpful.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of information for people who want to learn more about Iowa history and even those who think they already know a lot. There is a lot of reading, so it might not appeal as much to pre-readers, but there is a hands-on area and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to immerse yourself in Iowa's history. It is free and if you want to stay for lunch you can check out Barratta's on the top floor.

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Reviewed May 24, 2018

I have visited here several times. The exhibits on site are changed. The facility has ample space is handicap accessible with very helpful workers to assist you with your visit. Location is right down town easy to locate. They have a mobile experience "Iowa History...More

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

I've visited lots of museums and this one is one of the greatest. It had two floors filled with lots of rooms to walk through. Very easy to locate place and street parking was ample!

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

My family, with teens and a young child, met my parents here. It was very educational. Not only did my kids learn a lot, but even my history buff hubby and Dad learned things. The layout was very nice and if you get hungry there’s...More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

Let me start by saying that I've been visiting the State Historical Museum since I was a little boy, so periodically for the last 30+ years. With that being said, however, I'm not certain whether some of the exhibits have ever been updated in that...More

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Free. And the small restaurant is very reasonable.
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