The World Food Prize Foundation

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Expands Public Hours


Visitors can now explore architecture, artwork, exhibits, and global issues five days per week.

Des Moines, Iowa (June 3, 2014) – The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates has expanded its public hours, starting today. Visitors will now be welcomed to the building on both Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, free of charge.

The World Food Prize Foundation trained an additional 60 volunteer docents, who have become experts on the architecture, artwork, and the global stories behind it all, in order to welcome more visitors and guide them as they explore interactive educational exhibits, tour the building, and learn about Iowa’s history and our current global challenges in feeding the world.

New Hours:

Walk-In Visitors:

  • Tuesdays: Guided Tours, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tours are given at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m. 
  • Saturdays: Self-Guided Tours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Docents available to talk with visitors.
  • Sundays: Self-Guided Tours, Noon-3 p.m. Docents available to talk with visitors.

Pre-Booked Tour Groups: Wednesdays and Thursdays have been reserved for group tours scheduled 10 days in advance:  

  • Wednesdays: Tours available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please schedule in advance.
  • Thursdays: Tours available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please schedule in advance.

To schedule a tour, please contact Nicole Barreca, 515-245-3735. More details, including photos and videos of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, are available at 

Press Contact: Megan Forgrave, Director of Communications, 515.245.3794

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts its Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol, the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium, and several youth education programs including the Global Youth Institute and Borlaug-Ruan International Internship to inspire the next generation to explore careers in agriculture and fighting hunger. 

The World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates is a world-class museum, educational center and event venue located in the historic Des Moines Public Library building on the Des Moines riverfront, and aims to inspire all visitors to explore global issues and join in the fight to end hunger.

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