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 RAGBRAI Expo in Onawa

UI Mobile Museum at the RAGBRAI Expo in Onawa

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the RAGBRAI Expo! This is our 5th year joining the Expo, and we can't wait!...

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Denison

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Denison

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Did somebody say bacon?! Denison says, "It's what we smoke here!" Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Denison's RAGBRAI festivities! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors....

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Jefferson

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Jefferson

Monday, July 23, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Jefferson's RAGBRAI festivities, Highway to Bells! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors....

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Ames

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Ames

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Ames is "Taking the State by Storm!" Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Ames' RAGBRAI festivities! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors....

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Newton

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Newton

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Newton's RAGBRAI festivities! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors....

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Sigourney

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Sigourney

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Sigourney's RAGBRAI festivities! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors....

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Iowa City

UI Mobile Museum at RAGBRAI in Iowa City

Friday, July 27, 2018, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

We're excited to show off the MoMu in our home town! Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at Iowa City's RAGBRAI festivities, "Book it to Iowa City"! Find us in the middle of the action with the other RAGBRAI vendors downtown....

UI Mobile Museum at North Liberty Free Summer Lunch

UI Mobile Museum at North Liberty Free Summer Lunch

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits in North Liberty for their free summer lunch program! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Gowrie Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Gowrie Public Library

Friday, August 3, 2018, 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

UI Mobile Museum at Sweet Corn Daze in Rockwell City

UI Mobile Museum at Sweet Corn Daze in Rockwell City

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum at Rockwell City's Sweet Corn Daze!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Clarence Farmer's Market

UI Mobile Museum at the Clarence Farmer's Market

Monday, August 6, 2018, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clarence Farmer's Market!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Davis County Back-to-School Resource Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Davis County Back-to-School Resource Fair

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Davis County Back-to-School Resource Fair! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Friday, August 10, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Monday, August 13, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Friday, August 17, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Iowa State Fair

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Iowa State Fair! Find us at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds on E. 31st St., just around the corner from the DNR Building, near gates 11 and 13. Throughout the duration of the Fair, we'll have special volunteers from our exhibits teams in attendance to talk about their exhibits and departments at the University of Iowa! Admission to the State Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at Montezuma's Sesquicentennial Celebration

UI Mobile Museum at Montezuma's Sesquicentennial Celebration

Friday, August 24, 2018, 11:00am to 7:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the City of Montezuma's 150th Celebration! ...

UI Mobile Museum at the Ladora Sesquicentennial

UI Mobile Museum at the Ladora Sesquicentennial

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Ladora Sesquicentennial!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Cherokee Public Library

UI Mobile Museum at the Cherokee Public Library

Friday, September 7, 2018, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Cherokee Public Library! We'll be set up along with other community partners for their Library Card Sign-up Week Finale!...

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Monday, September 10, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Friday, September 14, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

UI Mobile Museum at the Clay County Fair

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Visit the UI Mobile Museum and its 2018 exhibits at the Clay County Fair! Admission to the Clay County Fair is required for all activities and displays on the fairgrounds....

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

UI Mobile Museum at Iowa Outdoor Expo

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:00am to 6:00pm

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 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 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 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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