Show times added to museum holiday movie schedule

For immediate release December 8, 2006


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

(DES MOINES) – Responding to public demand, the State Historical Museum has added three showings to its holiday movie schedule this month.

In addition to its 2 p.m. show times, the Holiday Movies at the Museum schedule now includes 10 a.m. screenings on the following dates:

  • 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; tickets for the movie are $3. Tickets are available at The Museum Store, on-line at 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 Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Call 515-281-4011 for more information.

The State Historical Museum launched the Holiday Movies at the Museum for parents looking for fun activities to do with their children during the school holiday break. A list of other holiday season events at the Historical Building is below:

December 9 & 16 (SOLD OUT)
“Breakfast with Santa”
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$10, on sale at
Join Santa in Cafe Baratta's for breakfast! This traditional favorite event will serve a hearty feast for children and adults alike. Local blues musician Frank Strong will play seasonal songs on guitar and harmonica. Stick around to hear Santa read traditional holiday tales from around the globe and sit on his lap for a picture. Activities include Gift Wrapping for Kids, toy collectors on display, make-and-take holiday crafts.

December 9, 2006
“Trains and Railroads”
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For anyone who dreamed of working on the railroad… train and railroad collectors will discuss the hobby of model railroading and have on display a scale model railroad from Des MoiNTRAK.

Through December 17, 2006
“Toys for Tots”
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday}
Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The State Historical Museum will be a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Toys for Tots collects toys for boys and girls, newborn to 17 years old. They ask for new, unwrapped toys for children in these age groups. Due to health regulations, Toys for Tots is allowed to distribute only new toys.

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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