World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates The World Food Prize Foundation welcomes you to the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, in the historic former Des Moines Public Library building.
The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. In 1990, Des Moines businessman and philanthropist John Ruan assumed sponsorship of The Prize and established The World Food Prize Foundation, located in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium to bring the world's foremost experts together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security, and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.
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The Hall of Laureates will be closed today (Saturday, May 4th) for tours. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as we hope to s...
05/04/2019

The Hall of Laureates will be closed today (Saturday, May 4th) for tours. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as we hope to see you soon!

The Hall of Laureates will be closed to the public on Saturday, May 4th for tours.  Regular tours will resume again on M...
05/01/2019

The Hall of Laureates will be closed to the public on Saturday, May 4th for tours. Regular tours will resume again on May 7!

Ever wonder where food production and agriculture originally originated? The Ruan Laureates Room inside the Hall of Laur...
03/26/2019

Ever wonder where food production and agriculture originally originated? The Ruan Laureates Room inside the Hall of Laureates displays a glamorous globe illustrating where those areas in the world are! Private tours are available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am until 4:30pm. Information about other available days and times can be found here; https://bit.ly/2syCOxn

Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn announced today that he will retire as president of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 3, ...
03/25/2019

Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn announced today that he will retire as president of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 3, 2020 after 20 years leading the organization.

“Leading the World Food Prize and endeavoring to fulfill the vision of Dr. Norman Borlaug and John Ruan Sr. has been an extraordinary privilege. It is an honor that I never could have imagined when I arrived back in Des Moines from Cambodia in 1999, having literally gone from The Killing Fields to The Field of Dreams. What at first seemed an impossible quest, to have the World Food Prize come to be seen as the ‘Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,’ has over the last twenty years become a dream come true,” Amb. Quinn said while making the announcement this evening at the Hall of Laureates during a reception commemorating the 105th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth.

Iowa Artists Michael Brongoccio and Rose Frantzen discuss the process and story of their paintings commemorating great h...
03/25/2019

Iowa Artists Michael Brongoccio and Rose Frantzen discuss the process and story of their paintings commemorating great humanitarian moments in Iowa history and showcased in the Hall of Laureates during our #RememberingBorlaug day of events.

#RememberingBorlaug storytime special today at the Hall of Laureates! We are reading from “The Boy who Changed the Wor...
03/25/2019

#RememberingBorlaug storytime special today at the Hall of Laureates! We are reading from “The Boy who Changed the World.”

While Monday’s might seem like a “Bor,” you can “Laug” on to your favorite social media and share your favorit...
03/25/2019

While Monday’s might seem like a “Bor,” you can “Laug” on to your favorite social media and share your favorite photo of Norman Borlaug in honor of his 105th birthday anniversary. #RememberingBorlaug

#RememberingBorlaug begins today with tours and events thoughout the building. Special events include artist talks in th...
03/25/2019

#RememberingBorlaug begins today with tours and events thoughout the building. Special events include artist talks in the Iowa Gallery this afternoon!

Take a quick break from work to visit the Hall of Laureates to remember Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Norm dedicated years of h...
03/25/2019

Take a quick break from work to visit the Hall of Laureates to remember Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Norm dedicated years of his life for the ultimate goal of saving starving individuals. We are hosting a variety of FREE activities today from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stop in to help celebrate his life. #RememberingBorlaug

We are having a FREE open house tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come take a stroll around the Iowa Gallery to see all the ...
03/24/2019

We are having a FREE open house tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come take a stroll around the Iowa Gallery to see all the amazing artwork here in the Hall of Laureates. #RememberingBorlaug

As the weather warms up why not take the time to visit the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! This miraculous building ...
03/23/2019

As the weather warms up why not take the time to visit the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! This miraculous building not only looks amazing on the inside but also looks mesmerizing on the outside! Public tours of the Building are available on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information visit the website by clicking the link provided here: https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

On Monday, March 25th, The World Food Prize will be celebrating Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's 105th birth anniversary. Norman ...
03/22/2019

On Monday, March 25th, The World Food Prize will be celebrating Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's 105th birth anniversary. Norman E. Borlaug is known as Iowa's greatest humanitarian hero and we would love for anyone to attend this special day. There will be a FREE open house available from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Read more in The Des Moines Register on Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the success he had over his lifetime, in #AmbQuinn's op-ed. https://bit.ly/2Cy4IPL

03/22/2019

Rose Frantzen is speaking about her piece in the Iowa Gallery at the perfect time for you to come in on your lunch break on March 25! Her work has been featured in U.S. Art, ArtTalk, Southwest Art, Workshop, International Artist, American Artist, and Portrait Signature. #RememberingBorlaug

Come in to explore our interactive educational exhibits about Dr. Borlaug and watch a riveting documentary about his lif...
03/20/2019

Come in to explore our interactive educational exhibits about Dr. Borlaug and watch a riveting documentary about his life on March 25 at 1 p.m. There will be something for everyone! #RememberingBorlaug

Michael Brangoccio has accumulated over 30 solo exhibitions and participated in over 40 group shows in Florida, Maine, I...
03/15/2019

Michael Brangoccio has accumulated over 30 solo exhibitions and participated in over 40 group shows in Florida, Maine, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and California. Join us on March 25 at 12:10 p.m. to hear him speak about his piece in the Iowa Gallery. #RememberingBorlaug

Our breathtaking Hall of Laureates building is the perfect place for you to say "I do" and witness the beautiful smile o...
03/11/2019

Our breathtaking Hall of Laureates building is the perfect place for you to say "I do" and witness the beautiful smile of your loved one on that once-in-a-lifetime day! Visit https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx to figure out more on how our amazing venue can make your special day just that much more memorable!

"One in seven people in the world will be going to bed hungry tonight." The Global Challenges exhibit provides people of...
03/11/2019

"One in seven people in the world will be going to bed hungry tonight." The Global Challenges exhibit provides people of any age on up-to-date information on how different countries around the world are fighting the battle against hunger and starvation. Private, Guided, and Public tours are all available. For more Information. Visit: https://bit.ly/2syCOxn

#AmbQuinn has officially received the Steven Krulis Champion of Humanity Award. Watch the video of the London Ceremony i...
03/08/2019

#AmbQuinn has officially received the Steven Krulis Champion of Humanity Award. Watch the video of the London Ceremony in the House of Lords here: https://bit.ly/2JdXNRF. Congratulations to Amb. Quinn!

Save the date on March 25 for a FREE art talk by artist Benjamin Victor. Victor sculpted the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statu...
03/06/2019

Save the date on March 25 for a FREE art talk by artist Benjamin Victor. Victor sculpted the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue that was placed in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. You do not want to miss this!
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m at the Hall of Laureates! #RememberingBorlaug

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Meghna Ravishankar has joined the Foundation as the new Director of...
03/06/2019

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Meghna Ravishankar has joined the Foundation as the new Director of Planning.

In making this announcement, World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn expressed his great pleasure in having Ms. Ravishankar undertake this critically important responsibility.

“From her time on our staff as a George Washington Carver Intern through her current role as a member of the United Nations Development Programme staff in New York, Meghna Ravishankar has consistently displayed an acute intellect, an engaging personal manner in dealing with people and a sharp focus on details. When combined with extensive international experience and exceptional organizational skills, these qualities will make her an exceptional Director of Planning. I am so pleased that Meghna has decided to join our team once again,” said Amb. Quinn. #FoodPrize19

The World Food Prize has announced that Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn will become only the second individual ever honored ...
02/18/2019

The World Food Prize has announced that Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn will become only the second individual ever honored as the recipient of the Steven Krulis Champion of Humanity Distinguished Service Award. The award, which is presented by the Aegis Trust of Great Britain, recognizes those who have contributed significantly to confronting and preventing genocide, with an emphasis on promoting the values of humanity. Read more in The Des Moines Register https://bit.ly/2Gvhu5d

Our new Hunger Fighters Feature will celebrate 25 years of the Global Youth Institute by telling the amazing stories of ...
02/11/2019

Our new Hunger Fighters Feature will celebrate 25 years of the Global Youth Institute by telling the amazing stories of our youth program alumni. If you have a notable story, complete the following survey for a chance to tell it! #HungerFighters #FoodPrize19 https://bit.ly/2sl4eqH

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Global Youth Institute, we want to highlight the achievements of our youth pr...
02/04/2019

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Global Youth Institute, we want to highlight the achievements of our youth program alumni. Share your experience with us in the survey below, and your story could be in our Hunger Fighters Feature! #HungerFighters #FoodPrize19 https://bit.ly/2sl4eqH

Are you an aspiring artist? Do you want to make a difference with your work? Enter the Norman Borlaug World Food Prize D...
01/29/2019

Are you an aspiring artist? Do you want to make a difference with your work? Enter the Norman Borlaug World Food Prize Day poster contest! Submission is FREE and open to all Iowa high school students that create an original design based on their vision of the future of agriculture & food security. The winning piece will be used as the focal point of the 2019 Borlaug Day poster, which is distributed to classrooms all across the state. Find more details at worldfoodprize.org/postercontest.

Calling all World Food Prize youth program alumni! We want to know about your journey with us! Fill out this survey and ...
01/28/2019

Calling all World Food Prize youth program alumni! We want to know about your journey with us! Fill out this survey and you’ll be considered for our Hunger Fighters Feature, which will tell the incredible stories of our youth to celebrate 25 years of the Global Youth Institute: https://bit.ly/2sl4eqH. #HungerFighters #FoodPrize19

The Hall of Laureates will be open for self-guided tours on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in and take a look at al...
01/25/2019

The Hall of Laureates will be open for self-guided tours on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in and take a look at all the spectacular history surrounding our wonderful Hall located in Downtown Des Moines! See the full schedule of tour availability and open building hours here:
https://bit.ly/2syCOxn

"One in seven people in the world will be going to bed hungry tonight." The Global Challenges exhibit provides people of...
01/23/2019

"One in seven people in the world will be going to bed hungry tonight." The Global Challenges exhibit provides people of any age on up-to-date information on how different countries around the world are fighting the battle against hunger and starvation. Private, Guided, and Public tours are all available. For more Information. Visit: https://bit.ly/2syCOxn

We want to share the stories of our youth program alumni! If you’ve participated in any World Food Prize youth program...
01/21/2019

We want to share the stories of our youth program alumni! If you’ve participated in any World Food Prize youth program, complete the survey below for a chance to be in our Hunger Fighters Feature. #GYI25YRS #FoodPrize19 https://bit.ly/2sl4eqH

Due to the current weather conditions, the Hall of Laureates will be closed, tomorrow, Saturday, January 19 for tours.
01/18/2019

Due to the current weather conditions, the Hall of Laureates will be closed, tomorrow, Saturday, January 19 for tours.

Looking for the perfect place to say "I do"? Look no further than the historic Hall of Laureates in downtown Des Moines!...
01/17/2019

Looking for the perfect place to say "I do"? Look no further than the historic Hall of Laureates in downtown Des Moines! This stunning site serves as a beautiful backdrop to weddings throughout the year, so don't wait to book us for your special day! (Photo courtesy of Lauren Konrad Photography) https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

Check out these beautiful wedding photos at the Hall of Laureates, courtesy of Lauren Konrad Photography! If you're look...
01/15/2019

Check out these beautiful wedding photos at the Hall of Laureates, courtesy of Lauren Konrad Photography! If you're looking for a venue for your upcoming wedding, look no further than the Hall - contact us to arrange your showing today! https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

Are you an alum of a World Food Prize youth program? Share your experience as part of our youth alumni spotlight campaig...
01/14/2019

Are you an alum of a World Food Prize youth program? Share your experience as part of our youth alumni spotlight campaign! You could be a featured Hunger Fighter! #GYI25YRS #FoodPrize19 https://bit.ly/2sl4eqH

Did you know you can get married in the Hall of Laureates? Exchange vows while surrounded by the history and legacy of D...
01/10/2019

Did you know you can get married in the Hall of Laureates? Exchange vows while surrounded by the history and legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug and the prestigious World Food Prize! https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

01/06/2019

Come visit with us at the The Bridal Forum at the Sheraton hotel in West Des Moines! We'll be here until 3:30! Wedding 💍

Did you know you can get married AND have your reception in the Hall of Laureates? Celebrate your special day with frien...
01/03/2019

Did you know you can get married AND have your reception in the Hall of Laureates? Celebrate your special day with friends and family while surrounded by the history and legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug and the prestigious World Food Prize! https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

Like many who met Dr. Borlaug before him, docent Denny Kelly will forever remember his interaction with the man who save...
12/31/2018

Like many who met Dr. Borlaug before him, docent Denny Kelly will forever remember his interaction with the man who saved over a billion lives. Learn how he carries on Dr. Borlaug’s legacy through his work as a docent in today’s #BorlaugBlog. https://bit.ly/2JxH7zD

On behalf of our Chairman John Ruan III and all of us at the World Food Prize Foundation, I extend our most heartfelt co...
12/28/2018

On behalf of our Chairman John Ruan III and all of us at the World Food Prize Foundation, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Senator John Culver on his passing. Senator Culver was a great friend of our Foundation and we were pleased to have honored him together with Representative Jim Leach at our bi-partisan Hoover-Wallace Dinner in Iowa City in 2008.

Senator Culver was also featured during the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, when he made a fascinating presentation on the legacy of Henry A. Wallace, whom the Senator had profiled in his biography American Dreamer.

-Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn

Ambassador Quinn also wishes to express great personal appreciation for the Senator. While the Ambassador was a young college student from Dubuque, then a Congressman, Culver made significant efforts to assist him in applying to enter the U.S. Foreign Service, where he would have a 32-year career as an American diplomat.

Let our beautiful Hall of Laureates be the place where you say “I do”! Surround yourself with the stunning architect...
12/27/2018

Let our beautiful Hall of Laureates be the place where you say “I do”! Surround yourself with the stunning architecture of our Hall during your special day. Visit our site for more information! (Photos courtesy Laura Wills Photography) https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

Exchange vows while surrounded by the spectacular history and stunning architecture of the World Food Prize Hall of Laur...
12/20/2018

Exchange vows while surrounded by the spectacular history and stunning architecture of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! For more information, visit our site and find out how the Hall can be a part of your dream wedding! (Photos courtesy of Lauren Konrad Photography) https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

Are you starting your search for a venue for the wedding of your dreams? Did you know you can have your wedding at the h...
12/18/2018

Are you starting your search for a venue for the wedding of your dreams? Did you know you can have your wedding at the historic Hall of Laureates? Visit our site and find out how you can exchange vows in the most beautiful building in Iowa! https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates's cover photo
12/17/2018

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates's cover photo

2018 Holiday Open House
12/17/2018

2018 Holiday Open House

Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates TODAY from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our Holiday Open House! This event is ...
12/15/2018

Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates TODAY from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our Holiday Open House! This event is FREE and open to the public - come join us and get in the holiday spirit! https://bit.ly/2SeCdf7

The World Food Prize Holiday Open House is TOMORROW! Don’t miss this unforgettable holiday event, and come see the spe...
12/14/2018

The World Food Prize Holiday Open House is TOMORROW! Don’t miss this unforgettable holiday event, and come see the spectacularly decorated Hall of Laureates while getting in the holiday spirit! https://bit.ly/2SeCdf7

Looking for a venue for your dream wedding? Look no further than the historic World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! This s...
12/13/2018

Looking for a venue for your dream wedding? Look no further than the historic World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! This spectacular building can serve as the perfect background to your unforgettable day. Find out more about having your wedding at the Hall! (Photos courtesy of The Wedding Format) https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

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100 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
50309

General information

The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates - home of The World Food Prize - is a public museum, educational facility and place of inspiration for all Iowans. It is a magnificent setting where visitors can explore the awe-inspiring stories of some of Iowa’s greatest heroes, as well as the achievements of world-renowned scientists and leaders who are helping to feed the world. More than 100 pieces of specially commissioned artwork tell the stories of heroes such as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize, as well as the 35 World Food Prize Laureates. Features within the building also showcase the history of agriculture. The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates serves as: - a world-class museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger; - a convocation center at which to hold events during the World Food Prize International Symposium -- the Borlaug Dialogue; - a home for the expanding Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of leaders; - an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security; - and a conference center and event space available to other groups and organizations for their meetings and other activities. This magnificently restored Beaux Arts space celebrates the spirit of giving, emphasizing the importance of global food security. Dr. Borlaug is honored for his role as the Father of the Green Revolution and the man who has saved more than one billion lives with his innovations in agriculture. The building also pays tribute to the World Food Prize Laureates and Iowa’s agricultural and humanitarian pioneers, for their significant contributions to the global fight against hunger and helping to feed the world and improve the lives of others. Walk-In Visitors: - Tuesdays: Guided 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 business 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 www.worldfoodprize.org/hall. Also check out The World Food Prize Foundation page: https://www.facebook.com/theworldfoodprize

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Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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