Des Moines Museums
Des Moines is traditional Midwestern city that is steeped in rich history. The city and surrounding area has long been an agricultural leader, particularly in corn production. Having started out as a small, farming outpost in the Midwest, Des Moines has grown with the rest of the U.S. A city of just over 200,000 residents, Des Moines has evolved from its farming roots to become a major center for the insurance industry and expanded its financial services sector as well. One of the popular activities among tourist attractions in Des Moines is visiting the many unique and interesting museums in the city. If you find yourself in Des Moines, Iowa for a few days at some point, these museums are a must-see before you depart the city.
State of Iowa Historical Museum
The State Historical Museum is a highlight of Des Moines. Open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and noon - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, this museum showcases the many stories of the history of the city and the state. There are many displays that present Iowa's growth and development through a vast collection of documents and historic artifacts from the past. The museum focuses on the people of Iowa and their history, the role of Iowa in America and the deep-rooted farming culture of the state. Call (515) 281-5111 to learn more.
Science Center of Iowa
Located at 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines, the Science Center of Iowa shows the state's dedication and promotion of science. You can find varying exhibits throughout the year at this museum, but the top attraction is the IMAX Dome Theater, where the movies rotate regularly. The museum features a learning center, a discovery center and other exhibits that provide hours of fun for people of all ages and backgrounds. Their information line is (515) 274-6868.
Fort Des Moines Museum
The origins of Des Moines start with the old fort that predicated the city's founding. This former fort that has been converted to a museum is significant in our history, as it was the first primary training facility for African American officers. Open Monday - Saturday from 10 - 4, the museum features a number of monuments, memorials and history displays that give you a visual history of the many events of the fort. Added to the museum is the education center. The Fort Des Moines Museum is exquisitely maintained and landscaped, so do not leave the city without first visiting this beautiful museum at 75 East Army Post Road.