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 for the Spring 2014 issue of The Collective, the Pentacrest Museums newsletter

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International Archaeology Day

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Pentacrest Lawn Activities (weather permitting): Join us and our friends from the Office of the State Archaeologist for flintknapping, atlatl and dart throwing, Native American games, hide processing, cat tail processing, Team Archaeology riders, Office of the State Archaeologist displays and information, coloring tables and childrens activities


Macbride Hall laboratory tours: UI Department of Anthropology and Museum of Natural History laboratory tours will cover North American prehistoric pottery, flint knapping research, Paleolithic research in Namibia, Neolithic research in Portugal, excavation of several mammoths from central Iowa, and more.

Movies@MNH: Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 &3

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Macbride Auditorium

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The unforgettable story of the Ioway people continues where the award-winning Lost Nation: The Ioway left off in two one-hour documentary films. When the Ioway are forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to a reservation in Kansas, Ioway leader White Cloud (The Younger), believes his people must relocate to survive. But intermarriage, broken treaties, and the end of communal living leads to a split in 1878 and the establishment of a second Iowa Tribe in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Both tribes endure hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture to achieve successful land claims and self-determination in the turbulent 1970s. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 brings the Iowa story full circle.

[LENGTH: Ioway 2-55 minutes, Ioway 3-55 minutes; No Rating]

Creepy Campus Crawl 2014: "Kingdoms of Discovery"

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Be transported into your favorite magical realms for a night of marvelous discovery at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History!  Take an herbology class at Hogwarts and test your archery skills with the elves of Middle Earth.  Step through the wardrobe into Narnia, brave a winter storm with Elsa and Anna in Arendelle, or become a Viking hero with Hiccup and Toothless on the Isle of Berk.  Join us at this year's Creepy Campus Crawl for a thrilling adventure full of make-believe, magic, and learning.

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