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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release February 02, 2012

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

State Historical Museum re-opens on Mondays

Additional hours offer greater access to exhibits, artifacts, collection

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced the State Historical Museum has re-opened to the public on Mondays.

The Museum’s new hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday; closed on official state holidays. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The Museum is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or 515-281-5111.

“We are very pleased to re-open the Museum to the public on Mondays,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “This move restores the Museum hours of operation to its full schedule and provides the public greater access to exhibits, artifacts and other services. I encourage all Iowans and others to visit the Museum to learn more about Iowa’s past.”

With more than 110,000 artifacts in its permanent collection, the Museum offers visitors numerous exhibits that tell the stories of Iowa’s growth and development. Exhibits explore a variety of subjects, ranging from Iowa’s natural resources and years before statehood to its history of aviation.

In addition, “Rarely Seen: Cool Stuff from the Museum” offers visitors a look at artifacts that have been preserved and protected for nearly 25 years in the Museum’s climate-controlled storage facility located beneath the State Historical Building.

The Museum also cares for 318 battle flags and more than 600 accessory objects from the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I, and offers numerous temporary exhibits that examine the history of Iowa’s electric railways; the state’s connections to World War I; Native Americans; and the USS Iowa Silver Service.



The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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