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State Historical Museum

600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
+1 515-281-5111
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Excellent Exhibits

This museum is free and has some interesting exhibits about Iowa’s history. The state has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
VikkiBee
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
Really good museum!

One of the best state museums we've ever visited. Lot larger than I thought. Wish we'd allowed... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
OlatheRoadTripper
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Olathe, Kansas (Kansas City)
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“civil war” (23 reviews)
“wooly mammoth” (4 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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"displays change"
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"learned a great deal"
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"free parking garage"
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"stuffed animals"
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"bus trip"
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"couple of hours"
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"large exhibit"
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"limited hours"
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"modern building"
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"well worth the trip"
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"all ages"
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"learn something"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is free and has some interesting exhibits about Iowa’s history. The state has incredibly rich soil which the Native Americans would grow crops such as corn on. It is estimated corn has been growing in Iowa soil since the year 1000. When the...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

One of the best state museums we've ever visited. Lot larger than I thought. Wish we'd allowed more time. The tiered plaza-gardens outside are great, too.

Thank OlatheRoadTripper
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are on a Fall Foliage search across the US and stopped in Des Moines, Iowa on our way to Missouri! It is a large 3-story museum and is organized so well! A monster of a Wooly Mammoth skeleton greets you once...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

It is worth the time, the money, and a family event. Place is spotless. The gift shop has lots of little gift ideas. Supported by lots of IOWANS.

Thank 881lizp
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We were particularly interested in the civil war history and were not disappointed. Enjoyed the Iowa 101 exhibit as well. Only partial day visit, so we'll be back for more

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Went with my history loving daughter over break,. They had some interesting items and I learned a lot about Iowa that I did not know. I highly recommend anyone to visit. It isn't a huge museum and appropriate for all ages.

1  Thank mommarat
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Remember coming here on field trips from 1st grade till 5th. Lighting has changed its still worth taking the youngsters and watching there face light up. Well worth visiting bring the whole family

Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I and our 5 children (ages 1 to 11) enjoyed everything about this stop. Well laid out and easy to navigate, especially with our large stroller. The kids were kept engaged with the scavenger hunt papers while we enjoyed some of the...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

I would like to rate it a five instead of four, but the budget is low for upkeep. Which doesn't mean either the staff nor legislators are shirking their duties. Roof leaks in places, and this must be fixed to protect Iowa's treasures. So much...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

It's free to look around and worth it. They have neat displays and i enjoyed the one about famous people from Iowa

Thank Jacquie P
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Kat B
11 August 2017|
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Free. And the small restaurant is very reasonable.
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5 April 2017|
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