Old Capitol Museum celebrates four decades as a museum and historic landmark

Old Capitol Museum 40th Anniversary Celebration

Old Capitol Museum — Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m.

Old Capitol
Photo by Shannon

On Sunday, the Old Capitol Museum will celebrate 40 years of being a National Historic Landmark — the only one in Iowa City — and a museum.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy a historic atmosphere complimented by cake and activities. On the celebratory agenda is signing a giant anniversary card, trying quill pen writing, making top hats and being superimposed onto a historical photo of Old Capitol. A small display case detailing the museum’s history will also be available for viewing. All activities are free and open to the public.

In its pre-museum years, the building served “as a seat of the territorial and state governments, a university building serving numerous schools and colleges, and administrative offices.” Opened in 1976, the museum focuses on educating the university, local, and national communities about the humanities through “public outreach initiatives, educational programming, exhibitions, and academic scholarship.”

Let the celebration coordinators know you’ll be coming through their Facebook event page!