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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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.

The Fossil Guy: "Twilight of the Dinosaur Age"

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

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Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in November with educational paleontology programs for children at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. All "Fossil Guy" programs are free and open to the public, and include 30-minute talks with audience participation followed by 30-minutes of hands-on interaction with Don’s extensive fossil and replica collection. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children and their families. Don is an amateur paleontologist from Fairfax, IA with a special interest in fossil vertebrates.  His collection of fossils and fossil replicas is one of the largest in Iowa, and he has experience collecting fossils in Iowa and other states out West


Learn about the last dinosaurs to roam the earth over 65 million years ago including Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, duck-billed dinosaurs, raptor dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, ostrich-like dinosaurs, and more.  See genuine dinosaur fossils including bones, eggs, teeth, and claws!  View dinosaur replicas and models including a T. rex jaw, duckbill skull and skin, dinosaur nest, and raptor skeleton just to name a few.  Examine small fossils of other plants and animals that lived at this time.  Don will share his experiences hunting for dinosaur fossils in the badlands of South Dakota and Montana to conclude the 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