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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 16, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Historical Museum exhibits to close on state holidays, Mondays

Changes for exhibits, museum store and Café Baratta’s begin July 1

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced changes in hours of operation for the State Historical Museum beginning next month, a move that will save money while allowing more time for maintenance and upkeep of museum exhibits.

Museum exhibits will be closed on official state holidays and Mondays. In addition, the Iowa Museum Store will close on official state holidays, Sundays and Mondays; and Café Baratta’s will reduce its hours on Mondays. The changes go into effect July 1, 2009.

“Traditionally, most museums are closed on Mondays so they can do housekeeping and maintenance duties in their exhibit areas,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “This change will help us do more to maintain our exhibits while at the same time save tax dollars.”

The State Historical Building houses DCA’s administrative offices and two divisions: the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, which oversees the State Historical Museum, the Iowa Museum Store, State Historical Library and Special Collections, State Archives and Records Program and the State Historic Preservation Office. The building also houses Café Baratta’s and the Iowa Historical Foundation.

DCA, IAC and SHSI offices will continue to be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and closed on Saturdays, Sundays and official state holidays. The State Historical Library and Archives Reading Room will continue to be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and official state holidays.

Following is a list of new hours of operation:

State Historical Museum
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday and official state holidays

The Iowa Museum Store
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday, Monday and official state holidays

Café Baratta’s
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Closed Sunday and official state holidays

SHSI previously announced changes in hours of operation at its eight historical sites beginning July 1, 2009. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.


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