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Iowa History 101 Exhibits

  • State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Address: 600 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
  • December 9, 2016 - January 31, 2017
  • Mon- Sat 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone: (515) 281-5111
  • Price: Free and Open to the Public

Iowa History 101 exhibits

With an array of artifacts from the museum’s collection, a trio of new exhibitions called Iowa History 101 digs into the bedrock stories every Iowan should know. Admission to all three is free and open to the public.

Iowa History 101: Museum Gallery
Like a visit to a grandparents’ attic, this exhibition unpacks the stories of Iowa’s past with dozens of artifacts, including one farm family’s first radio, Natasha Kaiser-Brown’s Olympic warm-up jacket, the boots Charlie Wittmack laced up to hike Mount Everest and a flight suit worn by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.

Iowa History 101: Hands-On History
Iowa’s newest generation can learn about those who came before in this interactive exhibit designed especially for children ages 10 and younger. Learn about farming by sitting on a real tractor. Imagine how railroads and highways spread across the state by playing with model trains on an Iowa map. Marvel at a Lego replica of Iowa’s tallest skyscraper and then build one of your own.

Iowa History 101: History on the Move
This multimedia exhibit in a custom-built Winnebago RV will hit the highways and backroads in early 2017 to visit all 99 Iowa counties in the next three years, showcasing stories and artifacts from Iowa’s past.

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Iowa History 101 Exhibits