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Permanent Exhibits

Captive Nature: The Wildlife Dioramas of Joseph Steppan

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Although wildlife now flourishes in Iowa, these dioramas are still valued tools by which teachers, parents and grandparents may discuss the history, diversity and conservation of Iowa’s wildlife.


The Delicate Balance: Human Values and Iowa’s Natural Resources

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Look at how people have used Iowa’s natural resources from prehistoric times to the present. This exhibit features Native American collections, wildlife and fossils. Stand in the cramped coal mine, listen to miners at work and drill a shot hole into the coal. Investigate “Walk in Beauty,” a study case of moccasins and beadwork.


Wings Over Iowa

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Three vintage aircraft highlight the stories of inquisitive and adventurous Iowans who built and piloted flying machines in the early days of aviation.



You Gotta Know the Territory

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Examine Iowa’s early years before statehood (1838-1846), focusing on native cultures, immigration, farming, town life and human rights. Push a plow, try your hand with a two-man saw, and watch a video that narrates the diary of a girl traveling west to Iowa in a covered wagon.


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