Des Moines: Iowa State Historical Museum


The Iowa State Historical Museum in Des Moines is just south of the capitol.  Admission is free and it's open Tuesday - Friday.  There are two kid areas within the museum.  On the 1st floor is Hands-On History and on the 2nd floor is Goldie's Creative Corner.  Both of which are designed for kids 10 and under.

My kids enjoyed the Hands-On History area and I really liked the Hollywood in the Heartland Exhibit.  The videos regarding Field of Dreams and The Bridges of Madison County were quite interesting.  I would have liked to look at more of the exhibits, but my kids don't have a lot of patience for museums yet.