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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


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


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Click here to read the University of Iowa Mobile Museum 2014 Annual Report.


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UI Explorers Seminar: Dr. Craig Kletzing, UI Physics and Astronomy, “Hawkeyes in Space: Space Research at the University of Iowa”

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m., Biopshere Discovery Hub


Professor James Van Allen and the University of Iowa played a pioneering role in space exploration by the United States of America, and the University continues to play an active role in our nation's continued exploration of the Solar System and beyond, to the far reaches of the Universe. The UI's Department of Physics and Astronomy has contributed to more than 100 spacecraft missions since the 1950's, and this exhibit highlights three major events in that history: Explorer 1 in 1958, Voyager 1 in 1977, and the Van Allen Probes launched in 2013. Dr. Craig Kletzing will discuss the Van Allen Probes in depth and give the audience a sneak-peak at the “Hawkeyes in Space” 2015 Mobile Museum exhibit that will tour the state this year.

UI Explorers Seminar: Eric Scott, San Bernardino County Museum "Evolving Icons: Ice Age Horses of the American West"

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m., Biopshere Discovery Hub


Horses are icons of the American West. Whether it’s prospectors, cowboys, natives, or settlers in their covered wagons, one can’t help but imagine horses alongside them all. But horses have a connection with the west that goes far deeper than just human history, reaching back to the Pleistocene Epoch – the “Ice Ages” – and beyond. Native to North America, horses have been key players in ancient ecosystems for over fifty million years, and were mainstays of large mammal communities throughout the Ice Ages. Because of this success, Pleistocene horse fossils are extremely abundant throughout the American west. Scott’s research focuses on these remains. His studies have taken him to tar pits, frozen caves, and blistering southwestern deserts. His lecture will showcase some of his recent work at a variety of these sites, notably the Tule Springs site in southern Nevada and Natural Trap Cave in northern Wyoming. He’ll also discuss his research in museum collections throughout the US.

Special Exhibits

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


laysan albatrossThe Land Provides: Iowa's Culinary

Heritage January 22 - August 2, 2015
Hanson Humanities Gallery


laysan albatrossIowa Law: Oldest The First Law School West of the Mississippi

February 12-August 2, 2015
Keyes Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences


laysan albatrossUnfinished Business: The Arts of the New Arab Revolutions

February 12-August 2, 2015
Second Floor Rotunda