State Historical Building Boasts of Beautiful Renovations, Reopens This Month

The State Historical Building of Iowa, Museum and Research Center, will fully reopen on October 14th with a day-long schedule of programs. This comes after more than five years of renovations.

Renovations include a bright new atrium and significant infrastructure improvements to provide a safer and more secure facility. This helps to preserve and share Iowa’s historical exhibits, artifacts, state archives, and records for years to come.

The all new “Civics in Action” exhibition will open for the first time on the 14th and features the Iowa caucuses and Iowans of action. With more than 60 artifacts, including a Ding Darling political cartoon, election tickets from the 1860s and ‘70s, and the pen Ambassador Terry Branstad used when he was governor to sign legislation for the construction of the State Historical Building.

Family-friendly programs include museum collection storage tours, Goldie’s Kids Club activities, an Object Station that will transport artifacts through several exhibitions, storytelling in the “Iowa and Civil War” exhibition, and more.

New hours have been announced for the State Historical Museum of Iowa, and it will be open 9:00am-4:30pm Tuesday-Friday, and then 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturday.

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