Movies at the Museum series continues in January

For immediate release December 15, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum’s will screen the artful documentary, “Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul,” next month as part of its ongoing “Movies at the Museum” series.

The documentary follows a European musician and composer who sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. A lover of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke roams the streets of the city with his mobile recording studio and “magic mike” to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical “Arabesque.”

The Historical Museum will screen “Crossing the Bridge” January 4 at 7 p.m. and January 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or at the door.

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Meanwhile, the “Holiday Movies at the Museum” schedule in December for the school holiday break is:

Dec. 27 – “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other Muppets in the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Dec. 28 – “A Christmas Story” (1983) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Ralphie Parker, a young boy growing up in the 1940s, wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock.

Dec. 29 – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1947) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – on Christmas! As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

The museum is also offering a pizza party package 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the movies. Tickets for a pizza party/movie package are $8 and require advance purchase at Tickets for only the movie are $3 at The Museum Store, and at the door. Snacks, candy and beverages will be available for purchase. Free holiday crafts and activities also will be offered 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

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. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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