Campus Museums

Welcome to the University of Iowa! Whether you want to immerse yourself in history in Iowa's famous Old Capitol building or marvel at 300-million-year-old fossils, our museums have something to inspire you.  We offer permanent and temporary exhibits and a wide range of programming, from lectures to movies to art workshops.  Check the individual museums' websites for details about operating hours, access, and other resources.

As well as exhibits and public programs, the university's museums maintain major research collections in fields including fine arts, material culture, archaeology, ethnology, paleontology, and zoology.  Researchers and students interested in using any of the university's many collections should contact curatorial staff at the museum of interest for details and access.

Watch a video about the University of Iowa Museums, including the 2016 Mobile Museum, the Old Capitol Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. 

Pentacrest Museums

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Together, the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History form the UI Pentacrest Museums, the university's doorways to discovery in the heart of downtown Iowa City.

Old Capitol Museum

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Iowa's original capitol building is now fully restored as a museum.  Our permanent and temporary exhibits range from territorial history to the science of corn to contemporary Iowa artists.  Marvel at our famous reverse-spiral staircase, enjoy a lecture or educational program in Iowa's original Senate chamber, or hear a concert on our 1878 Steinway concert grand.

Museum of Natural History

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We are the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi River, and offer programs, events, and exhibits for visitors of all ages.  Discover 500 million years of Iowa history in Iowa Hall, see animals from around the world in Hageboeck Hall of Birds and Mammal Hall, explore the distant Pacific in the historic Laysan Island Cyclorama, and learn about our place in the world's environment in the Biosphere Discovery Hub. 

Museum of Art

Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is one of the leading university art collections in the country. Approximately 14,500 objects constitute diverse collections that include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jade, and silver. After the flood of June 2008, the museum building was deemed unsuitable for the return of the artwork. The UIMA collection was saved and plans for a new building are proceeding. Through the use of temporary facilities on campus and creative outreach, the museum continues to offer the invaluable experience of art to the University, the community, and the state of Iowa.


Medical Museum

The Medical Museum is located on the 8th floor of the Colloton Pavilion in the UI Hospitals, and offers visitors temporary and traveling exhibits and programs about medicine, medical history, and innovations in health care and research.

Project Art

UI Healthcare's Project Art has temporary exhibits in hallways and galleries throughout the hospitals. Visit their website for up-to-date exhibit, collection, and artist information.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame is the ultimate fantasy for a Hawkeye fan. The UI Athletics Hall of Fame has three floors of Hawkeye memories; from the National Championship trophies to the Orange Bowl to Nile Kinnick's Heisman trophy. The UI Athletics Hall of Fame is a must see destination for friends and fans of the intercollegiate athletic programs at the University of Iowa. Make a day of it and visit the UI Athletics Hall of Fame the next time you visit The University of Iowa!


Other campus departments with major research collections include the Paleontology Repository, Office of the State Archaeologist, Iowa Geological and Water Survey, and UI Libraries.



Old Capitol Museum

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