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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Night at the Museum: Prairie Pioneers

Friday, January 30, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

[For students in Grades 1-5, Pre-registration is required, $30 fee per child per program]

Night at the Museum

Join us to learn about the early pioneers and the ecology of an important part of Iowa’s natural heritage—the tallgrass prairie—and the diverse animals and plants that call these grasslands home.


Movies@MNH: A Sloth Named Velcro

Sunday, February 1, 3:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum

In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life.

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 1, 2014
Hanson Humanities Gallery