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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.

"Matinees at the Museum" Film Series

The movies all have ties to Iowa and will be presented at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Showtime is 1:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • July 5: “Field of Dreams”
  • Aug. 2: “State Fair”
  • Sept. 6: “The Music Man” (1962)
  • Oct. 4: “Cold Turkey”
  • Nov. 1: “They Were Expendable”
  • Dec. 6: “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “From Here to Eternity” (Double Feature)


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