University of Iowa Mobile Museum

The University of Iowa Mobile Museum launched in 2014 as a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Office of the State Archaeologist, and the Pentacrest Museums.

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.

Our travel season is April 1st through October 31st. There are no costs associated with bringing the Mobile Museum to you. To plan a visit to your community, please complete this form. If you are a school and would like Mobile Museum to visit you, please fill out this form. You can preview what your students will learn in the museum by watching our pre-trip video

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2018 Exhibits

The Mobile Museum features three physical exhibits:

Discover, Develop, Deploy

Translational science is a never-ending cycle of innovation and discovery that seeks solutions to improve the world’s health concerns. The University of Iowa’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science supports researchers across a wide range of research questions. This exhibit highlights their work on nutrition, hearing loss, and supporting healthy families. ProtoStudios in Iowa City has been working with inventors at the University to make their ideas come to life. From printing devices that help the hearing-impaired to creating eyeglasses and beyond, this partnership shows that translational science is only limited by your imagination!

A Matter of Scales: Pangolins in Peril

Pangolins are amazing scale-covered mammals from Africa and Asia. Unfortunately they are critically endangered because of illegal hunting and trade. The pangolin data sculpture built by Professor Kevin Ripka tells the pangolin story using data visualization. Data visualization helps people understand large amounts of information by using imagery that makes data trends standout. In doing so, the exhibit works to raise awareness of this endangered group of animals in a fun and interactive way.

Pangolins aren’t the only animals in trouble. There are more than 25 endangered species right here in Iowa. Learn about some of the simple steps everyone can take to help.

Wild Iowa: Awareness, Appreciation, and Action

Wild Iowa highlights UI Recreational Services' outdoors programs including the Iowa Raptor Project, School of the Wild, and Wildlife Camps. Iowa is arguably one of the least "wild" states due to the loss of native habitats, but the UI's outdoors programs work to awaken Iowans to the importance of our native habitats through research, educational programs, and the savanna restoration project.

Digital Exhibits

Two interactive digital touchscreens let visitors learn about research and creative activity happening in a variety of UI units.  

Space and Power Requirements

If you’re planning a Mobile Museum visit, it’s important to make sure your space can accommodate us. We need a 20-foot by 40-foot parking area on a firm, level surface. The Mobile Museum also has a 110-volt electrical hookup that can use a 15-amp, 30-amp, or 50-amp plug. Don’t have an outlet we can plug into?  No worries—we can use our generator.

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

2018 Mobile Museum Partners

Managing Partners

Collaborating Partners

Department of Biology
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates
Iowa Flood Center
Jeff E. Klahn, PhD
Katelyn McDonald, CMI, Biological and Medical Illustrator
Kevin Ripka, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Lung Biology & Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
National Advanced Driving Simulator
National Center for Science Education
Protostudios
UI Health Care Marketing and Communications
University of Iowa Recreational Services
     Macbride Nature Recreation Area
     Iowa Raptor Project
     Wildlife Camps
     School of the Wild

 

Events

UI Mobile Museum at the Sac City Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Sac City Public Library

Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Sac City Public Library!...

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:00am to Sunday, September 23, 2018, 4:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa Outdoor Expo! Opening hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday....

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:00am to Monday, September 24, 2018, 4:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa Outdoor Expo! Opening hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday....

UI Mobile Museum at the Ida Grove Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Ida Grove Public Library

Monday, September 24, 2018, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Ida Grove Public Library!...

UI Mobile Museum at the American Gothic House

UI Mobile Museum at the American Gothic House

Monday, September 24, 2018, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the American Gothic House in Eldora!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Clarion Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Clarion Public Library

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clarion Public Library! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Oskaloosa Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Oskaloosa Public Library

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Oskaloosa Public Library!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Kalona Fall Festival

UI Mobile Museum at the Kalona Fall Festival

Friday, September 28, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Kalona Fall Festival! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Kalona Fall Festival

UI Mobile Museum at the Kalona Fall Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Kalona Fall Festival! ...

UI Mobile Museum at Anamosa Pumpkinfest

UI Mobile Museum at Anamosa Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Anamosa Pumpkinfest! ...

UI Mobile Museum at Sunday at the Quarry

UI Mobile Museum at Sunday at the Quarry

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Sunday at the Quarry near Waterloo!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Pocahontas Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Pocahontas Public Library

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Pochahontas Public Library! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:00am

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village in Fort Dodge, Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm!  Don't miss their Chili Lover's Cook-Off on Sunday the 14th!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00am

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village in Fort Dodge, Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm!  Don't miss their Chili Lover's Cook-Off on Sunday the 14th!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

UI Mobile Museum at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:00am

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village in Fort Dodge, Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm!  Don't miss their Chili Lover's Cook-Off on Sunday the 14th!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Muscatine Area Farmers Market

UI Mobile Museum at the Muscatine Area Farmers Market

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30am to 11:30am

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Muscatine Area Farmers Market! ...

 

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