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 Fall 2013 issue of The Collective, the Pentacrest Museums newsletter

Support the museum

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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Pentacrest Museums' Family Weekend:

Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20


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Join the Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum for a weekend of fun for all ages. In addition to interactive activity tables and demos in both museums, the Museum of Natural History will feature the following programs:


Professor K.W. Therm

Saturday @ 11 a.m.


Fossil Guy

Saturday @ 2 p.m.



Sunday @ 3 p.m.


Check out our programs page for more info!

Introducing the Mobile Museum!

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Have you ever wished the Museum of Natural History would visit you? In Spring 2014 we are launching a new initiative, the University of Iowa Mobile Museum, in collaboration with Old Capitol Museum and the Office of the State Archaeologist. Find out more about the project here.

Special Exhibits

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

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The Northwest Passage and Oceans Beyond: An Iowan Sails Into History

January 23 – May 25, 2014

Keyes Gallery for Arts, Humanities, & Sciences

Public reception and gallery talk, Thursday, January 23, 5-7 p.m.

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People of the North Star

September 12, 2013 – May 25, 2014
Hanson Family Humanities Gallery

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Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors

February 13, 2014 – May 25, 2014
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