Traveling Exhibits


The Old Capitol Museum currently has two informational exhibits available for loan.  Museums and other educational institutions are encouraged to host a traveling exhibit.  Please contact the Old Capitol Museum at or call 319/335-0548 for more information.


Animals Among Us

An invitation asking the citizens of Iowa to explore the world of the animals around them prompted this traveling exhibit.  Men, women, and children from across the state competed to have their favorite animal related photographs and personal essays on the subject included in this 14 full color banner display.

The beauty of this exhibit is that it is compact enough to travel effortlessly to all four corners of our farmland state.  The display is available to all venues, free of charge, willing to agree to transport the banners to the next exhibition site, following the completion of the scheduled viewing period.

The Obermann Animal Studies Group, supported by the University of Iowa Presidential Year of Public Engagement Grant and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, held two statewide essay-photography contests to encourage Iowans to study the relationship between people and animals they come into contact with.

By asking Iowans to document the Animals Among Us, the exhibit hopes to prompt people to discuss the many quality of life issues that animals and humans share.  These topics include environmental quality, urban/rural interdependence, public health and safety, farming practices, law and government, civic responsibilities, and the care and management of animals.

Click here to download an informational pdf phamplet about the Animals_Among_Us exhibit.



The Old Capitol Museum would like to invite you to share Iowa history through its touring exhibition, Cornerstones. From its beginning as a United States territory, to its landmark court cases and constitutional foundation, Cornerstones brings to life the unique history and culture of Iowa.  With one of the oldest state constitutions still in use today, Iowa and its citizens continue to be affected by the ideas and decisions of its early settlers.  This exhibition displays Iowa heritage through the examination of a wide range of Iowa people and events that help visitors put Iowa’s history in the context of larger themes, such as freedom of speech and civil rights.

Cornerstones promotes the enrichment of Iowa history and a deeper understanding of the people, laws, and events that shaped the Iowa we live in today.  This exhibition facilitates discussion of the decisions made by past Iowans that still have an impact on the people of Iowa today.

Click here to download an informational pdf phamplet about Cornerstones exhibit .



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A biography banner from Cornerstones.


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