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Official: $80M renovation of Iowa history museum cuts space

Officials for the department that oversees Iowa's flagship history museum on Tuesday released details on a nearly $80 million renovation plan for the building, which includes a cut to total square footage but repurposed space for storing artifacts.

The presentation at an appropriations subcommittee meeting was part of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs' effort to secure funding for a renovated State Historical Museum in downtown Des Moines. State officials are seeking $65 million from the Iowa Legislature over several years through an infrastructure fund that is separate from general state dollars. The department is expected to raise the rest with private money.

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