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The 5-year renovation project at the State Historical Building of Iowa ended in fall 2023, following 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) is open regular hours. Sign up for our newsletters to stay informed about exhibits, programs and more at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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.