Celebrate Iowa’s Birthday at the State Historical Museum

The State Historical Museum of Iowa has exhibits and activities for all ages. During the winter break programming, see screenings of Disney movies featuring work from Iowa natives.

If you’re cooped up next week with the family, consider taking them to the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, which hosts a handful of activities to celebrate the state’s 176th birthday on Dec. 28.

The winter break programs Dec. 27-30 include a guided tour of the award-winning exhibit “Iowa’s People & Places,” along with drop-in stations where visitors can make various crafts inspired by state symbols, such as the goldfinch, the oak tree and the state seal. Plus, there are free screenings of two Disney movies: “Encanto,” featuring the work of layout artist and Sheldon native Kendra Vander Vliet, and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” directed by Glenwood native Don Hall.

Most activities are free, but a few require advance registration. Find all the details on the museum’s website.


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