Museum Interior

Visit the Museum

Visitors of all ages and backgrounds can learn about Iowa’s Jewish heritage in our museum located in the Bucksbaum Arts Wing of The Caspe Terrace. Free parking is available on site. The museum is free of charge and accessible to visitors with disabilities. We are also a Blue Star Museum, welcoming military personnel and family members at no cost.

“My class really appreciated being able to come to your facility. We loved the videos and the experience made the stories come alive. Thank you so much for providing such an amazing learning environment.”
— Waukee High School

Current Exhibits

Current exhibits include the following topics:

  • Food in Jewish Life
  • Alexander Levi, Iowa’s First Permanent Jewish Settler
  • Jewish veterans
  • The Holocaust
  • Jewish families and businesses

Schedule a Visit

Visitors are always welcome at the Iowa Jewish Historical Society. Appointments can be made by calling (515) 987-0899 ext. 216 or emailing ijhs@dmjfed.org. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and must be made in advance.

With a school in the complex, the doors of all the buildings are secured. Please call us and a staff member will meet you at the door.

The Iowa Jewish Historical Society is located in The Caspe Terrace Complex of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Our address is 33158 Ute Avenue in Waukee, IA.

From Interstate 80, take Exit 117 and turn south onto Ute Avenue. The Caspe Terrace is about a quarter-mile down the road on the left. Follow the road to the Caspe Terrace Complex. The museum is in the Bucksbaum Arts Wing on the east end of the building.

  • Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm
  • Selected weekend openings

  • Other times by appointment
  • Closed during the holidays listed below

The Museum will be closed on the following holidays in 2018:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 15
  • Passover – March 30 and April 6
  • Shavuot – May 21
  • Memorial Day – May 28
  • Independence Day – July 4
  • Labor Day – September 3
  • Rosh Hashanah – September 10 and 11
  • Yom Kippur – September 18 at Noon; closed all day September 19
  • Sukkot – September 24 and 25
  • Shemini Atzeret – October 1
  • Simchat Torah – October 2
  • Thanksgiving – November 22 and 23
  • Christmas Day – December 24 at 3:00 pm; closed all day December 25
  • New Year’s Day – January 1