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State Historical Museum & Café

Renovations at the State Historical Building of Iowa are taking place now through fall 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 updates.

Museum & Cafe Hours

Please note: The State Historical Museum of Iowa will be closed Friday, Aug. 18, for construction work. The Iowa History Research Center in Des Moines will be open regular hours. Access to the Research Center is available on the east entrance.

Visit the State Historical Museum of Iowa for an exciting adventure through the history of Iowa. Explore exhibits and engage with a rich collection of historic artifacts and documents.

State Historical Building - 1st & 2nd Floor West
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5111

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Complimentary parking is available in the State Capitol Complex Parking Garage located at Pennsylvania Ave. and Grand Ave. Metered street parking is also available.

Café Baratta's is currently closed.