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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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Special UI Explorers Seminar: "Why Dinosaurs Matter" with Brian Switek

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Biosphere Discovery Hub

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Dinosaurs tower over us in museum halls and roar across movie screens, but why do we love them so much? In this special Book Festival installation of our monthly Explorers series, science writer and amateur paleontologist Brian Switek will explore how our affection for the "terrible lizards" has informed and altered our understanding of life's history and our place in it.

Iowa City Book Festival Program- “From Page to Pathway: Connecting to our natural world through picture books” with author/illustrator Claudia McGehee

Sunday, October 5 at 2:30 p.m.

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Iowa’s simple, elegant natural beauty has brought inspiration to writers and visual artists for generations. Many of the works that make Iowa City a City of Literature celebrate our surrounding landscape. The bonds between art, literature and nature are expressed in the children’s picture books as well and can be an invaluable tool in introducing children to nature. Iowa City based author/illustrator Claudia McGehee shares her experiences illustrating and writing nature focused picture books, and the inspirations behind her work. McGehee’s award-winning titles A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, A Woodlands Counting Book and Where Do Birds Live explore and celebrate eco-systems found regionally and coast-to-coast. Her presentation will include ideas on how to use picture books to expand the outdoors for young readers, a survey of some favorite nature connected picture books, and a peek into her latest book projects echoing this same theme.

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