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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this app unique?

The Iowa Culture mobile app is the largest, most comprehensive, statewide inventory of cultural experiences in the state of Iowa. You will find more than 3,500 cultural sites in Iowa – with sites in every county – and it continues to grow as new locations are discovered. Whether you are ready to take a road trip or want to rediscover your local community – arts, history and culture are closer than you think.

Is my phone supported?

The Iowa Culture mobile app is compatible with:

  • iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone6, iPhone 6+ (iOS 8)
  • iPod Touch 5th Generation (iOS 8)
  • iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display (iOS 8)
  • Android Phone (version 4.0 to 5.1)

A mobile website and desktop version of Iowa Culture will be available this winter.

Do I have to buy the app?

The app is free. Search “Iowa Culture” in the Apple or Google Play store and download it to your compatible device.

Is the app secure?


What types of places are included in the app?

The Iowa Culture mobile app includes more than 3,500 (and counting) historic sites, arts experiences and cultural destinations across Iowa. You’ll find:

  • Art Centers
  • Art Museums
  • Cemeteries
  • Historic Ballrooms
  • Historic Barns & Farmsteads
  • Historic Bridges
  • Historic Districts
  • Historic Hotels
  • Historic Markers
  • Historic Schools
  • Historic Theaters
  • Historical Societies
  • History Museums
  • Iowa Governor Gravesites
  • National Heritage Areas
  • National Historic Landmarks
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Notable Iowan Sites
  • Monuments and Memorials
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Public Art
  • State Historic Sites
  • Television and Movie Sites
  • Underground Railroad Sites
  • Uniquely Iowa Sites

Why did the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs create this mobile app?

The Department of Cultural Affairs recognized the need for a comprehensive inventory of cultural sites across Iowa in 2013. Work began on gathering and researching sites in preparation for developing a mobile application to guide Iowans to find Iowa’s best kept secrets.

In the summer of 2014 the department traveled across the state talking to Iowans about cultural vitality and how the DCA can support Iowans interested in arts, history, historic preservation and other cultural initiatives. We heard that Iowans want the department to promote Iowa’s identity as a progressive, innovative and culturally healthy state that has a lot to offer. In addition, we heard that communities want assistance in marketing and creating access to cultural resources to ensure the sustainability of Iowa’s arts, history and cultural assets.

Based on feedback during these community conversations, the Iowa Culture app was refined to include additional functionality and 3,000 sites were added to the initial 600. This new tool for discovery is a powerful marketing platform, full of Iowa’s hidden gems – all at your fingertips.

How do I suggest a place for inclusion in the app?

The Iowa Culture app continues to grow as more points of pride are discovered. You are invited to suggest new places and photos to include in the app. You may Suggest a Place online – or, while using the app, select the “Search” menu and then choose “Suggest a Place.” Submissions are reviewed and added to the app if the place meets established criteria for inclusion.

How do I submit a photo of a place for inclusion in the app?

Photos may be submitted online or when using the app, go to the individual detail screen for the location for which you would like to submit a photo and select “Submit Photo.” Then choose to access your library of photos or access the camera on your phone

How do I add or edit information for a location already listed in the app?

If you have additional information about a location listed in the app or would like to suggest an edit to the description, address, phone number, website or social media channels, please email us.

Are privately owned properties included in the app?

Some privately owned properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places are included in the app. Private properties listed on the app must be visible from a public area. These properties have a notice to app users that states, “This property is privately owned and not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of owners if you visit.” If you are the owner of a private property, you may request it be removed from the app by emailing us.

What is the difference between a mobile app and a mobile website?

Iowa Culture is a mobile application (app). A mobile app is downloaded and installed directly on your mobile device, rather than being viewed in a web browser using the Internet. Apps are downloaded from device-specific stores – the Apple Store (iPhone, iPod, iPad) and Google Play Stores (Android Phones). The Iowa Culture app can be accessed and used without an Internet connection (if you have an Internet or cellular connection when you open the app, it will download updated content automatically). An Internet or cellular connection may also be required to install updated software versions of the app and to use certain features such as navigation/driving directions, social media sharing, suggesting a place, submitting photos or visiting individual location websites.

A mobile website version of Iowa Culture is currently in development and will be released later this year. The website version will be similar to any other website you use. It will be accessible on a desktop computer or laptop, and mobile devices such as phones and tablets that have a WiFi, 3G or 4G connection. The main difference between a mobile website and a regular website is that the mobile website is designed to be viewed on small device screens in addition to a computer monitor.

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