State Fair Museum Complex


The Ralph H. Deets Historical Museum

With the touch of a button, visitors to the Ronald and Margaret Kenyon Gallery in the State Fair Museum can send two locomotives crashing into each other. They can also relive fantastic concerts by checking out a Grandstand shows memory wheel, test their livestock judging skills against others or marvel at more than a century of Fair fashion showcased on a revolving carousel.

museum interior

Situated northeast of Pioneer Hall in Richard O. Jacobson Hall, the Gallery also offers Fairgoers the chance to celebrate Norma "Duffy" Lyon's 40-plus years sculpting the world-famous Butter Cow, look back at entertainment found on the midway, follow the evolution of the Campgrounds and take in other exhibits on unforgettable Fair legacies. The museum debuted at the 2005 Fair.

The original Iowa State Fair museum, the Ralph H. Deets Historical Museum, reopened for the 2007 Fair after receiving extensive renovation and restoration. Located just east of Pioneer Hall, the newly air-conditioned and climatized building showcases an extensive collection of antique furniture, historic records and many more Iowa State Fair treasures and memorabilia.

The Richard L Easter Museum Complex featuring the Ralph H. Deets Historical Museum and Richard O. Jacobson HallĀ is open daily during Fairtime only.