A River Flowed Through It: Iowa’s Legacy in Fluid Mechanics

The Old Capitol Museum is proud to host the celebratory centennial exhibition by IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa in 2020. Featuring some of the university’s major contributions to large-river and other fluids-related research, the exhibit brings this work to life with extraordinary artifacts, stellar storytelling, and historical photos—each worth 1,000 words.

A River Flowed Through It highlights many of IIHR’s physical modeling projects in a breathtaking, interactive exhibit layout. Learn about IIHR’s contributions to the war effort during World War II; examine model ships from IIHR’s 60-year-old ship hydrodynamics program; watch how IIHR’s patented drop-shaft structure design improves municipal stormwater systems; see how IIHR has contributed to better sanitation in the early days of indoor plumbing; and learn about some of IIHR’s most impactful research, including the Mississippi River Lock and Dam System.

Join us in the Hanson Humanities Gallery on the ground level of the Old Capitol Museum to see this spectacular display.

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