The exhibits are really thoughtful and professionally done. The main permanent exhibit might involve too much reading for kids, but was really interesting to us, and there was a lot we didn't know (for example, they were doing lunch-counter sit-ins in Iowa in 1948!). Some of the first-hand stories of Iowan African-Americans on the laminated cards are really gripping. The rotating exhibit about Africa before the boats was also informative and had lots of hands-on stuff for kids. There were masks and drums and cloths to handle, and a very sobering reconstructed slave-ship bunk you can lie in to give yourself a tiny, tiny taste of what that must have been like. Turns out they also run a summer camp for kids.
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