Spring Break at the Museum

March 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
The State Historical Museum
600 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Adventure into Iowa’s Past

Join us for an adventure into Iowa’s past as we explore extreme weather and archaeology aboard a battleship with your very own Superman and a mountain climber during Spring Break at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Each day brings a new and exciting trip through time with artifacts, superhero crafts and an archaeological adventure. The weeklong program includes a visit from Charlie Wittmack, the first Iowan to climb Mt. Everest. Plus, each movie you’ll see has a connection to Iowa, including “Twister,” “Superman Returns” and a documentary about the USS Iowa battleship.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Drop in 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Documentary showing at 1:30 p.m.

USS Iowa Voyager

All aboard! Drop in between 1:00-3:00 p.m. to make your own paper boats and see if they sink or ride the waves like the USS Iowa. Interested in learning more about the battleship? View the ship’s silver in the, A Service to Silver: Tribute to the USS Iowa exhibit, and check out the 1:30 p.m. showing of a 45 minute documentary provided by the Legislative Services Agency. If you have time, make sure you head up to the State Capitol to view the ship model as well.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Archaeology Academy

Drop in 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Let’s dig deep! Drop in anytime between 1:00-3:00 p.m. to learn about archaeology with fun hands-on activities. Help us put back together some cracked clay pots and become a history detective by taking notes and trying to decipher our faux-mini digging site.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Super Iowan

Drop in 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Matinee showing of Superman Returns at 1:30 p.m.

Did you know two Iowans have put on the famous blue cape and played Superman? To celebrate Iowa’s superheroes, design and create your own superhero logo and check out the Hollywood in the Heartlandexhibit before watching the matinee showing of Superman Returns (PG 13) starring Iowa native Brandon Routh at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Mt. Everest Expedition with Charlie Wittmack

Adventure your way to the State Historical Museum to hear Iowa native Charlie Wittmack’s program about his training and successful climbing of Mount Everest at 1:00 p.m. There will be an informal Q&A following the presentation. Be sure to also check out the boots Wittmack laced up to hike Mount Everest in the Iowa History 101 exhibit.