Regular Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Saturday:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Thursdays until 8 p.m.)

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Closed Mondays and national holidays year-round


Museum admission is free!

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Click here to read the Fall 2014 issue of The Collective, the Pentacrest Museums newsletter.


To download a PDF version, please click here.

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Your support helps fund programming, student opportunities, exhibits, educational outreach, and collections preservation. Visit the UI Foundation's Pentacrest Museums page to make a donation or to learn more.
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UI Explorers Seminar: GIS Day Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Biosphere Discovery Hub


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In conjunction with the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, speakers from across the UI Campus and beyond will make presentations to celebrate GIS Day 2014.  These talks will explore GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping, geospatial technologies and tools, and their use for research, education, and real-world applications on campus and in the community.  


Night at the Museum: Hadrosaur Havoc

Friday, December 5 or Friday, December 12

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, grades 1-5.)


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Join us as we travel back in time to take a look into a diverse family of dinosaurs commonly known as ‘duckbills’.  Boasting some crazy head gear, they grew to be one of the abundant groups of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period. We will enjoy activities centered around these dinosaurs, eat pizza provided by Papa Johns, and tour the darkened museum galleries in our MNH miners helmets. Click here to register for the December 5 program, or here to register for the December 12 program.

Special Exhibits

Visit our shared exhibit space in the Old Capitol Museum to see these temporary exhibits.


laysan albatrossWonderful Preserve: A Century of Recovery on Laysan Island

August 14-December 31, 2014
Second Floor Rotunda

Iowa Football photo Iowa Football: The Birth of a Legacy

August 28-December 31, 2014

Keyes Gallery for the Arts, Humanities, & Sciences




Iowa Football photo A Tear in the Iron Curtain: 25 Years Since the Fall of the Wall

September 23-December 31, 2014

Hanson Humanities Gallery