University of Iowa Mobile Museum

Mobile Museum

The UI Pentacrest Museums (Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History) and Office of the State Archaeologist are bringing some of the state’s natural and cultural treasures to communities across the state in a new Mobile Museum. Launched in April 2014, the Mobile Museum will visit schools, libraries, RAGBRAI, the Iowa State Fair, and other special events across the state.

Our educators and curators can combine mobile museum visits with education programs or speaker visits for any age group or event.

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Call for participation for 2015

We are now accepting proposals from UI departments, faculty, and staff for participation in the 2015 group of physical and digital exhibits.  Please see the full Call for Participation for details.  Proposals must be submitted by November 1st.  

Those proposing 2015 exhibits should check our exhibit planning page for more details on the floorplan, images of this year's exhibits, and answers to frequently asked questions.

2014 exhibits

Mobile Museum fossilsThe Mobile Museum features an array of exhibits that focus on three very different eras in Iowa’s history.

  • Iowa’s Ice Age Giants explores the great mammals that roamed the state during the last ice age and their sudden extinction.
  • Glenwood: Iowa’s Ancient Agriculturalists tells the story of the Glenwood culture centered in the Loess Hills and their connections to the Iowa landscape through agriculture.
  • Cornerstones focuses on the founding of Iowa and writing of its constitution, the building of the Old Capitol building, and the creation of the University of Iowa.

The museum also features a new interactive digital wall that allows visitors to learn about UI space research, the Santos Virtual Soldier program, and the UI Flood Center’s sophisticated flood-prediction mapping systems, as well as additional information on Iowa archaeology.


Contact Information

Email us at to invite the University of Iowa Mobile Museum to your community or event! Follow us @UIMobileMuseum.



Calendar and Events

Check out our upcoming stops on the Dare to Discover calendar.

Some of our major stops in our innaugural summer included:

  • July 17-18: The Mobile Museum visited the Winnebago "Out of this World" Grand National Rally in Forest City, Iowa, to show off our incredible museum in a 'Bago! To learn more about this exciting annual tradition, please visit the Grand National Rally homepage.
  • July 19-26: The Mobile Museum and Team Archaeology from the Office of the State Archaeologist will rode along for RAGBRAI XLII. We were along for stops in Rock Valley, Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, Independence, and Guttenburg. 
  • August 7-17: The Mobile Museum enjoyed tons of fun and deep-fried Twinkies just inside Gate 11, at the West end of Grand Avenue, during the Iowa State Fair


Mobile Museum coloring bookMobile Museum Coloring Book

We're excited to share with you a fun coloring book featuring some of the many discoveries housed in the Mobile Museum.  To get free copies of a printable version of the coloring book please click the link below to download a PDF (3.3 MB) version:





2014 Annual Report

Annual Report CoverLearn more about what we accomplished during the Mobile Museum's Annual Season. Click here to read the 2014 annual report online.






Images and Video

Mobile Museum exterior

Mobile Museum exterior

Mobile Museum fossil

Mobile Museum - touch screens

Mobile Museum exhibit - Ice age giants

Mobile Museum exhibit - Earth lodges


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