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.


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


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Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend

Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26

Professor KW Therm: All About Energy

Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Fossil Guy: Rise of the Tyrannosaurs

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Claudia McGehee: "My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure"

Sunday, 3 p.m.

Don't miss activity tables and fun throughout the museum on Saturday and Sunday!

Claudia McGehee: "My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure"

Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m., Biosphere Discovery Hub

Claudia McGehee is a Pacific Northwest native and Midwest transplant. An award-winning author and illustrator of three natural history picture books, she became captivated by Rockwell Kent and his family’s story after happening upon his paintings. McGehee’s lyrical nonfiction story “My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure” recounts the 1918–1919 winter spent on Alaska’s Fox Island from the point of view of nine-year-old Rocky, son of the painter Rockwell Kent. Vivid scratchboard-style illustrations echo the rugged subject matter with enchantment as Rocky explores the wilderness and becomes accustomed to island life. Including a Common Core teacher’s guide, this engaging book shows Alaska from a young boy’s appreciative and imaginative point of view. Specimens from the Museum of Natural History’s collections will be on display to complement the artwork shown from this book, and Claudia will discuss the natural history and other aspects of research involved in making the book.

Special Exhibits

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


Food exhibit graphicThe Land Provides: Iowa's Culinary Heritage

January 22 - August 2, 2015
Hanson Humanities Gallery


Law school exhibit graphicIowa Law: Oldest Law School West of the Mississippi

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


Unfinished Business exhibit graphicUnfinished Business: The Arts of the New Arab Revolutions

February 12 - August 2, 2015
Second Floor Rotunda