About our flags...

Some of you may have noticed that the flags are not flying above the dome as they usually do. The Old Capitol Museum experienced a malfunction of its flagpole on Friday evening while attempting to honor Gov. Branstad's request that flags be flown at half staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Rembrance Day weekend. While the University has already intitiated the repair process, we will be unable to raise our flags until the repairs are complete. Thank you for your understanding.

--Old Capitol Museum Staff

A Friendly Reminder

We will be closed on December 24 and 25 in recognition of the Christmas holiday. We will be open normal hours on December 26. Our annual closure for maintenance will take place January 1-15.

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Iowa Football: The Birth of a Legacy

Keyes Gallery for the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

On display August 28 - December 31, 2014

Come Experience the early years of Black and Gold pride in Iowa Football: The Birth of a Legacy. Follow the first 70 years of the Hawkeyes, from the first game to the 1959 Rose Bowl win, and encounter legends like Duke Slater, Nile Kinnick, Calvin Jones, Alex Karras, Forest Evashevski, and the other players and coaches who broke barriers and built the foundations of Iowa's football tradition.

Refreshments will be served, and Herky and Spirit Squad members will make an appearance from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, August 28.

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A Tear in the Iron Curtain: 25 Years Since the Fall of the Wall

Hanson Humanities Gallery

On display September 18 - December 31, 2014

On November 9, 1989, East and West Berlin met and began to take down the Berlin Wall that had divided them for over 25 years. Utilizing firsthand accounts, the exhibit will explore the complexity of this unique city nestled in the heart of East Germany. Through artifacts, photos, and text, A Tear in the Iron Curtain will walk visitors through a tumultuous time in history that ended with a Velvet Revolution.


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Wonderful Preserve: A Century of Recovery on Laysan Island

Second Floor Rotunda

On display August 14- December 31, 2014

Far into the Pacific, nearly a thousand miles from Hawaii, lies Laysan Island, two square miles of sand and seabirds immortalized in 1914 in MNH’s Laysan Island Cyclorama. As part of our celebration of the Cyclorama’s centennial, this new exhibit explores the changes innovative science, new technology, and continued renewal have brought to the island—and what the next hundred years may hold.



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