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Adult Programs

The State Historical Society of Iowa provides a variety of programs and events to help people of all ages learn about Iowa history. These activities include lectures, tours, conferences, workshops and more.

Group Visits

The State Historical Museum of Iowa invites adult groups to schedule self-guided tours through a variety of exhibits displaying a rich collection of artifacts and documents. All groups of 10 or more visitors should register at least two weeks in advance of their requested visit date. Requests must be submitted through the Museum Adult Visit Request Form. If your group is larger than 90 people, please email museum.education@iowa.gov to discuss possible options.

Iowa History 101 Series

This wide-ranging online series of lectures by State Historical Society of Iowa staff and other experts examines Iowa History through a cultural lens.

Iowa History Book Club

Every few months, the statewide club focuses on a different book about Iowa history, with online discussions led by the authors, special guests and Andrew Klumpp, who edits The Annals of Iowa.

Iowa Stories

Since 2007, this in-person lecture series at the State Historical Society of Iowa Reserach Center in Iowa City has showcased insightful reserach on a diverse array of Iowa topics. 

Museum Collections Tours

Step inside the State Historical Museum of Iowa's collection storage for a behind the scenes look at objects from Iowa's past. The Museum Collections Tour is a 60 minute guided tour through the museum collection vault to explore a small example of the museum's 80,000 objects. At this time, private Museum Collections Tours are not available. The registration form to schedule private tours will resume accepting tour requests in late 2023.

Throughout the year, free guided tours of the museum collections are provided to the public. Dates and links to register for upcoming tours are provided below. Advance registration is required to attend the tours.

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*all participants must be over the age of 12 years old. For younger historians over the age of 9 years old, check out our Family Museum Collections Tours.

Days of Learning

The Days of Learning program connects educators, students, parents and lifelong learners from around the state with dynamic programming to showcase Iowa's arts, history, humanities and film.

Iowa History Month

Every March, Iowans of all ages are invited to celebrate Iowa History Month with the State Historical Society of Iowa and partner organizations across the state. 

History on the Move

The State Historical Museum of Iowa sends traveling exhibits, including the popular Mobile Museum, to every corner of the state.