We were founded by order of the Iowa Legislature in 1858 and are the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi River. We combine exhibits, education resources, programming, collections, and research opportunities to support the University of Iowa and our community.
With our sister museum, the Old Capitol Museum, we are part of the Pentacrest Museums, the "Doorways to Discovery" on the historic Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City.
The mission of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, programs and collections, as well as through links with UI research and activities.
Iowa City, IA 52242
Tour ReservationsTo make a tour reservation, please call 319-335-2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact our staff
Front desk (during gallery hours)
Rusty the Giant Sloth, Spokessloth
Sarah Horgen, Education Coordinator
Arthur Kim, Visitor Services Coordinator
Cindy Opitz, Collections Manager
Byron Preston, Exhibits Preparator
Trina Roberts, Associate Director & Curator
Casey Westlake, Communications Coordinator
319-335-0606 or email@example.com
319-335-0548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
319-335-0481 or email@example.com
319-335-0809 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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