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State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, and seven historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.

Proud Endorser of History Relevance.

Proud Participant of Blue Star Museums and Educating for American Democracy.

Renovations at the State Historical Building of Iowa are taking place now through summer 2023. The building will remain open to the public during regular hours, but visitors may notice some temporary changes. If you’re planning a visit, please check this page for more information.

The Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Film & Media, and State Historic Preservation Office have moved to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  Please visit for more information.