Many of our historic sites are now open to the public. Please see the historic site's page for more information.
Explore village sites and burial mounds occupied by ancient cultures. Reflect on the challenges of early pioneer settlement in Iowa at a log cabin that stood at the center of the Spirit Lake Massacre tragedy. Escape to the past at a blacksmith shop frozen in time to the age before tractors and automobiles. Embark on an adventure along the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, Mormon and California Trails. Tour the historic homes of two of Iowa’s early governors. Put yourself in the American Gothic painting made famous by an Iowa artist.
Plan a trip across Iowa to visit all eight sites owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa and download the Iowa Culture mobile application to find the “State Historic Sites” featured tour for a handy guide on the road. Check out all the sites with the State Historic Sites passport – collect stamps from at least five sites and you can claim a small prize.