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General Collections Tour
Battle Flag Lab Tour

For tour information and scheduling, contact Sarah Macht at (515) 242-5193; Sarah.Macht@iowa.gov.

General Collections Tours
This hour-long, behind-the-scenes walking tour explores the museum’s “vault,” an underground climate controlled preservation center that is home to more than 100,000 artifacts collected over 120 years.

About 10 percent of the museum’s collection is on display in public exhibits at any given time. The balance of the collection is stowed beneath the museum where artifacts can be repaired, restored, preserved and protected in an in-house conservation laboratory. Curators rotate artifacts into and out of the “vault” as new exhibits are developed, but this is the first time they will open the storage area for public tours.

Among the many unusual and interesting items you’ll see are a log cabin, square grand pianos nd even a can of Spam. Also, old cars, an early Iowa State Patrol motorcycle, antique furniture and more!

Tour group sizes must be at least four, but no more than 15 people and are offered by reservation only, at least one week in advance. Suggested minimum age is 10 years old. Cost is $10 per person; $8 for State Historical Society members.

Battle Flag Preservation Laboratory Tour
This hour-long behind-the-scenes walking tour explores the State Historical Museum’s Battle Flag Preservation Laboratory in a secure area of the Museum not open to the general public. Museum staff offer an educational presentation on how Iowa’s Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I battle flags are conserved. Call for tour and admission information.

Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory Tour
Go in-depth to learn more about Iowa’s role in the Civil War with a tour of the State Historical Museum’s “Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory” exhibition. You’ll discover the stories of Iowa and those who served during America’s bloodiest conflict with a knowledgeable member of the Museum staff who will guide and discuss the more than 300 authentic artifacts and documents in this 10,000 square foot exhibition.

Tour group sizes must be at least four, but no more than 15 people and are offered by reservation only, at least one week in advance. Suggested minimum age is 10 years old. Cost is $10 per person; $8 for State Historical Society members.

 

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