Plan a Visit

Information about directions, maps, parking, handicapped access and more to help you get the most out of your visit to the Museum of Natural History



The mens restroom in Macbride Hall will be closed the week of May 18th as repairs are done. Restroom facilities will be available at neighboring buildings, including the Old Capitol Museum, Schaeffer Hall, Jessup Hall, and the Pappajohn Business Building.


How to get here

The Museum is located in Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.

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Transportation & Parking

Cars: We recommend parking in one of the many downtown ramps operated by the City of Iowa City or the University of Iowa (Old Capitol Mall, Pappajohn, Iowa Memorial Union, or Clocktower Plaza).

Campus Parking Map

City of Iowa City parking information


Bicycles: Bike racks are located at the northeast corner of the building. Riding bikes on sidewalks on the Pentacrest is prohibited.


Buses: We are close to several Iowa City, Coralville, and UI Cambus stops for many bus routes. The Downtown Interchange (Bongo stops 0001 and 0002) is a block and a half away, on the south side of the Pentacrest. The Macbride Hall (Bongo 0120), Clinton & Iowa (1030), Clinton & Jefferson (7207), and Pappajohn (1021) stops are less than a block away.

Scheduling a Tour

Guided tours are available Tuesday through Sunday with a prior reservation. Guided tours focus on the exhibits in Iowa Hall, and groups are encouraged to visit the Bird and Mammal Galleries for self-guided tours. All tours are free, as is museum admission. The Museum requests that you call to schedule your tour at least a week before the desired date. March, April, and May tour spots fill up very early!


To schedule a tour, please contact us at or call our Visitor Services coordinator at 319-335-2010.

Special instructions for teachers and other tour group leaders



The Museum is handicapped accessible through an entrance on the east side of Macbride Hall, adjacent to the stairs leading up to our main entrance. An elevator provides access to all Museum galleries. Please note: classes in Macbride Auditorium periodically block access to the Hageboeck Hall of Birds on the third floor, at which time stairs provide the only means of entrance. If this is a critical issue, please contact the Museum or call 319-335-2010, and the staff can inform you about the auditorium schedule.


Foreign Languages

Free written guides for Iowa Hall are available in the Iowa Hall lobby in French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).


Guides and Scavenger Hunts

Add some new adventures to your next visit using these guides.


Gift Shop

Visitors will find the Museum gift shop in the lobby of Iowa Hall offering a variety of books, rocks, minerals, t-shirts, jewelry, plush and plastic animals, and many other items. Items can be paid for with check, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and University of Iowa staff/student charge.


Birthday Parties at MNH:

Click here to learn how to have your party at the Museum of Natural History!


Renting a Gallery

The Museum galleries are available for after-hours rental for your special event.

Please call 319-384-3601 for more information.