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State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Mission Statement

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.

Contacting the State Historical Society of Iowa

Historical questions, general inquiries and donation offers can be submitted through the contact page.

Visiting the State Historical Building of Iowa

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Iowa History Research Center in Des Moines (and Iowa City) is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

New Websites for Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa and State Historic Preservation Office

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