Des Moines Museums & History

Des Moines Museums & HistoryExplore art and history museums along with the historical monuments and architecture in Des Moines. These destinations will amuse, inspire and educate anyone with an interest in the capital city's history. Embark on a cultural excursion, rich in Midwestern charm and metropolitan sensibility.

National Balloon Museum
Fly high at The National Balloon Museum, located just outside of Des Moines. Travel through two hundred years of high flying history that is surrounded by exhibit collections of colorful and famous hot air balloons like the Stone Family Balloons and Fantasia Balloons.

Address: 1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125 - MAP
Phone: (515) 961-3714

Des Moines Art Center
Immerse yourself in the world of Art at the Des Moines Art Center. Discover award winning art collections from 19th and 20th century artists like Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Georgia O'Keeffe. The museum also features artsy films like Annie Hall and various arts concerts.

Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 - MAP
Phone: (515) 277-4405

Fort Des Moines Museum
Honor the first African American US Army Officer Candidate Class at the Fort Des Moines Museum. Visit the national attraction filled with artifacts, exhibits, photographs and period art defining the history of heroes who brought gender and racial equality to the US Army during the great world wars.

Address: 75 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315 - MAP
Phone: (515) 282-8060
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Iowa Hall of Pride
Iowa Hall of Pride is dedicated to promoting the achievements of all Iowans, from students to sports legends, movie stars and scientists. Located in Des Moines inside the Iowa Event Center, you'll get to know first hand important Iowans through the museum's many fun and entertaining interactive technology exhibits.

Address: 330 Park St, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 280-8969

State Historical Society of Iowa
History buffs, visit the State Historical Society of Iowa to learn the state's rich heritage. Explore historical artifacts and documents telling the story of the state as seen through the eyes of its politicians and citizens. The exhibits detail the ambitions, accomplishments and contributions made by the people of the capital city.

Address: 600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319 - MAP
Phone: (515) 281-5111

Terrace Hill
Enter Terrace Hill, a magnificent mansion located in Des Moines, built by Iowa's first millionaire Benjamin Franklin Allen. The rambling Napoleon-style, 18,000 square foot mansion sits grandly on a hill overlooking the capital city. Besides being a museum, the mansion is host to state dinners and receptions.

Address: 2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 - MAP
Phone: (515) 281-7205