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Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend

Saturday, April 19

& Sunday, April 20

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 Old Capitol Museum will feature the following programs:

Film: A 28,000-Mile Journey Around the Americas
Saturday @ 1:30 p.m.

Film: The Greely Expedition
Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.

Film: Minik
Sunday @ 1:30 p.m.

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Poe: A wilderness of Mirrors

On display February 13 - May 25, 2014

Located in the Second Floor Rotunda

Known as the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe revolutionized the genres of horror, mystery, and science fiction in stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart". He was also America's first great literary critic and a talented author whose canon ranged from poetry to books of scientific theory. Poe's works often provide a chilling reflection of American society and the inner workings of the human psyche. Explore his troubled life, his mysterious death, and his lasting legacy in Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors.

Sailboat in Arctic Waters

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

On display January 23 – May 25, 2014

Located in the Keyes Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences,

First Floor

Join Iowa Native David Thoreson on a series of historic sailing voyages through the Northwest Passage, and come along as he travels 28,000 miles around the Americas. In this exhibit, Thoreson shares his adventures and examines the consequences of rapidly changing ocean and Arctic environments

People of the North Star

On display September 12, 2013 through May 25, 2014
Located in the Hanson Family Humanities Gallery, Ground Floor


In 1892 Frank Russell, a University of Iowa graduate student, set out on an expedition to the far North to gain knowledge of the people who inhabited this vast and barren land.  This exhibit, People of the North Star, takes visitors through an arctic journey exploring these people, the unique land, and the experience of three prominent UI individuals; Frank Russell, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and June Helm.


Piano Sundays

featuring Dr. Rene Lecuona & Studio


Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


The concerts are free to attend and made possible by West Music and the University Of Iowa School Of Music.  For a list of future Piano Sundays dates and performers, visit our Piano Sundays Page.    

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