Best museums in des Moines

By Katie Wittry

State Historical museum of iowa


The State Historical Museum of Iowa has so much to offer families. It even has a special kids area plus a restaurant inside with amazing views of the Capitol building!

Living History farms


Between the tractor ride, seeing farm animals, scenic walking trails, and costumed interpreters, there is so much to see and do here!

des Moines botanical garden


Science center of iowa


The Science Center of Iowa has so many cool exhibits including this ball wall, weather studio, space area, and toddler town.

Pappajohn sculpture park


Located in downtown Des Moines, this sculpture park has so many cool and unique sculptures to see. Also, a perfect place for a picnic.

Iowa State Capitol


The Iowa State Capitol is so gorgeous and such a great place for the kids to learn about the government. Make sure to spend some time outside on its grounds too!

Iowa Gold Star Military museum


The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum has divided its exhibits according to the different wars that occurred in our history. It is very inspirational and educational.

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