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Fall of the Wall: A Freedom Celebration at Old Capital Museum
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Fall of the Wall: A Freedom Celebration at Old Capital Museum

Old Capital Museum has symbolized the revolutionary spirit of Iowa, and even served as a seat for government and education for more than 150 years. Old Capital functioned as the University of Iowa’s first building, and the starting place for many upcoming departments during 1857, as the state government moved to Des Moines.

Since 1976, the Old Capital Museum serves as a national historic landmark and public museum. The museum houses a gift shop, an educational discovery center where kids can learn about early Iowans through computer driven activities, the Hanson Family humanities gallery, and the Keyes' gallery for arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The galleries change their exhibits year round so that visitors can explore a wide variety of themes. The museum also hosts a variety of films, workshops, lectures, and other educational programs related to its revolving exhibits and the history of Iowa.

“A Tear in the Iron Curtain" is a new exhibit in Old Capital Museum, which has been instituted in honor of 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the event, a panel of Americans and East Germans will discuss their experiences during the Velvet Revolution that lead to the fall of the Wall. Visitors can engage in family art projects. Food and drink will also be served.

The freedom celebration event at the Old Capital Museum is free and open to all.

Event Timings: November 6, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Event Location:21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

You can visit the museum during weekdays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday between 1pm to 5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more information about the event, call Shalla Ashworth (319-335-0548), who is the Museum Operations & Event Coordinator or email via or  Click here.

Come and relive the fall of the Wall at the Iowa museum.

* Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Thanks for a great post!
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    1. iowaexplorer
      Your welcome and thanks!!
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