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State Historical Museum, Des Moines

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  • Closed on Weekends??!! Makes it impossible for working people to go! Why would a building that’s intended to attract visitors and tourists be closed on Weekends?? 
    Closed on Weekends??!! Makes it impossible for working people to go! Why would a building that’s intended to attract visitors and tourists be closed on Weekends??  more »
  • I go to a lot of museums since I am a big history buff. This museum is outstanding. The displays are very good. I definitely learning new things about the state including Iowa's involvement in the.....  more
    I go to a lot of museums since I am a big history buff. This museum is outstanding. The displays are very good. I definitely learning new things about the state including Iowa's involvement in the.....  more »
  • We went here knowing that part of the Museum was under construction. Unfortunately, the day we were here only the Mammoth exhibit on the first floor was available for visitors. The Mammoth exhibit... 
    We went here knowing that part of the Museum was under construction. Unfortunately, the day we were here only the Mammoth exhibit on the first floor was available for visitors. The Mammoth exhibit...  more »
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  • It's a top-notch historical museum with an excellent staff! The curator is super knowledgeable and friendly! My only issue is that the State of Iowa repeatedly cuts the museum's funding, which leads to no new exhibits being created. This makes it almost exclusive for tourists and people who are close to the museum and don't mind seeing the same exhibits over and over again. Still, it's definitely worth visiting if you're from out of town or if you haven't been before!
  • I found the museum interesting and I appreciated how detailed they were in delving in to Iowa's history. The exhibits were entertaining and informative. Even though the hours were a bit weird, you can't beat free! I recommend that if you like History, you should stop here!
  • It was awesome a lot of great history, some of the exhibits were gone due to construction and remodeling but the rest was very cool... I would definitely come back.
  • This museum is awesome! Tons and tons of artifacts and really cool information. They definitely put time and effort into making this museum worth your while!
  • It’s a decent museum. Some interesting stuff to see dating back to prehistoric and colonial history. But the hours as of March 2022 are completely unacceptable. Tuesday to Friday with no weekend hours. That severely limits accessibility as regular people only have weekends off. It’s a cool museum but is it worth taking a full day or half day off? Debatable at best. I’d give a star back if it was open on Saturdays.

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