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.
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.
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.
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!