2015 Mobile Museum

The University of Iowa Mobile Museum launched in 2014 as a partnership between the UI Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Office of the State Archaeologist, the UI Museum of Natural History, and the Old Capitol Museum.

The Mobile Museum inspires visitors to understand the world by bringing exhibits with cutting-edge research, one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive digital media to Iowa’s communities statewide.  We promote interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations to present UI research and stimulate understanding, appreciation, and pride for the University of Iowa and the state.



Call for Participation for 2016 exhibits

We are now accepting proposals for 2016 Mobile Museum exhibits.  Details are in our Call for Participation.  All proposals must be submitted using our proposal submission form, to which you can attach additional supporting files if necessary.

We strongly recommend that all proposers visit the Mobile Museum before submitting your proposal. Seeing the current exhibits will help you envision what will fit well and work well in our limited space.  We will be at the IMU from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 1, and encourage you to visit us there. Contact us if you need to arrange for a separate viewing.

2015 exhibits

2015 Mobile Museum Exhibits
The Mobile Museum features an array of exhibits 
  • Water Underground: The Science of Iowa’s Most Essential Resource introduces the chemistry of water, Iowa’s bedrock aquifer systems, and arsenic pollution in drinking water. It highlights contributions and research from the Department of Chemistry/Water Sustainability Initiative, Iowa Geological Survey, and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination.
  • Hawkeyes in Space: Space Exploration at the University of Iowa highlights the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy's contributions to space exploration since the 1950s, highlighting three major events in that history: Explorer 1 in 1958, Voyager 1 in 1977, and the launch of the Van Allen probes in 2013.
  • Over Here From Over There: Iowans in World War II tells the story of Iowans in World War II and shares the lives and contributions of Iowans through letters, diaries, photographs, and artifacts.

The museum also features a new interactive digital wall that allows visitors to learn about research and creative activity happening in a variety of UI units.

Contact Information

To plan a Mobile Museum visit, please complete this form. If you are a school and would like Mobile Museum to visit you, please fill out this form. We now have activities and lessons for educators that highlight our three main exhibits! These activities can be used before, during, and after a Mobile Museum school visit. 

If you have any questions please call (319) 335-2898 or email us at mobile-museum@uiowa.edu


2015 Mobile Museum Partners

Managing Partners

Collaborating Partners


2014 Annual Report

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



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