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Hollywood in the Heartland

Hollywood in the Heartland Opens June 27 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa

Blockbuster Exhibition Now Open

Celebrate Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen throughout history

See how Iowa has been portrayed on-screen in films like State Fair, The Music Man, Cold Turkey, Field of Dreams, The Bridges of Madison County, and others you may not have seen.

Meet the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes like John Wayne, Donna Reed and Jean Seberg, leading up to recent film stars like Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh and more.

From the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City to the Adler in Davenport, uncover the beauty of historic theaters and their role in communities across the state.

Get up close to unique and exclusive pieces of Iowa film history, including Cloris Leachman’s Academy Award (on permanent display) and Donna Reed’s Academy Award (on display opening weekend).

The exhibition is scheduled to be on display through late 2016.

Blockbuster Summer

Family Fun and Films Every Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The State Historical Museum is rolling out the red carpet with history for the whole family. Visit every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for a fun new theme each week, including:

  • Tours of featured museum exhibits
  • Family-friendly films with special ties to Iowa
  • Crafts and takeaway activities for kids
  • Fun giveaways and prizes
  • Special guests



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