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This phase of construction at the State Historical Building of Iowa is wrapping up in fall 2023. The renovation followed several years of careful planning and preparation to put an end to weather-related water leaks that threatened to damage historical materials and caused problems for visitors and staff. Construction also yielded a beautiful new atrium space with views of the Iowa State Capitol, a dynamic renovation in the Iowa History Research Center and brand new flooring. Plus, the skylight replacement with a new roof and window-wall was designed to safeguard the building’s interior and make the most of natural light.

Built in 1987 as a center for history and culture, the State Historical Building of Iowa is where you’ll find the State Historical Society of Iowa, which oversees the State Historical Museum of Iowa, the State Historical Library & Archives, two Iowa History Research Centers (Des Moines and Iowa City) and seven Historic Sites located throughout the state.

Later this fall the museum's historic planes will be uncrated and installed. Staff have already worked with Anna Weiss-Pfau from the American Institute for Conservation to assess the planes and complete a conservation report.

We appreciate your patience as we made necessary repairs to protect and preserve the state's vast collection for years to come.


The building (and all entrances) are open regular hours, with expanded hours to be announced soon. Sign up for our newsletters to be invited to our museum celebration and launch of the new "Civics In Action" exhibition on October 14. 

Facility Rentals

The auditorium and several classrooms in the building are currently available to rent, with all locations available in 2024. Please contact us for availability and pricing.