Street Address
10 Macbride Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Mailing Address
University of Iowa
Macbride Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
phone: 319-335-0480
fax: 319-335-0653
e-mail: uimnh@uiowa.edu
web: www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/
Hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Mondayclosed
Closed Mondays and National Holidays
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
John Logsdon, Director
Sarah Horgen, Education Coordinator

Description

Established in 1858, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History serves the academic and public community with exhibits, research collections, and special programs. Exhibits are broadly representative of the four major divisions of natural science: anthropology, botany, geology and zoology, providing insight for adults and children alike.

Mission

The mission of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds, through exhibits, programs, and collections, as well as through linkages with University of Iowa research and activities.

Educational Programs

Educational programs for all ages are offered throughout the year, including workshops, movies, lectures, storytimes, and more.

    Facilities

    Auditoriums

    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas

    ADA

    Parking

    We recommend parking in one of the many downtown ramps (Old Capitol Mall, Pappajohn, Iowa Memorial Union, or Clocktower Plaza).

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Services

    Scheduling a Tour

    Guided tours are available Tuesday through Sunday with a prior reservation. Tours focus on the exhibits in Iowa Hall, and tours of the Bird and Mammal Galleries are mostly self-guided by the groups. All tours are free. The Museum requests that you call to schedule your tour at least a week before the desired date. March, April, and May tour spots fill up very early!

    Foreign Languages

    Free written guides for Iowa Hall are available in the Iowa Hall lobby in French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

    Guides and Scavenger Hunts

    Add some new adventures to your next visit using these guides available onloine and in the lobby: •Hageboeck Hall of Birds Scavenger Hunt •Mammal Hall Scavenger Hunt • Iowa Hall Scavenger Hunt •Heritage Tree Walk • Iowa Hall Family Guide

    Gift Shop

    Visitors will find the Museum gift shop in the lobby of Iowa Hall offering a variety of books, rocks, minerals, t-shirts, jewelry, plush and plastic animals, and many other items. Items can be paid for with check, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and University of Iowa staff/student charge.

    Renting a Gallery

    The Museum galleries are available after-hours to University of Iowa groups. Please contact the Director of Operations or call 319-384-3601 for more information

    Birthday Parties

    Let the Museum of Natural History help make a birthday extra special! Parties at the Museum include: •Private Room (Biosphere Discovery Hub) •Free Printable invitation cards •A personal Museum assistant •Hands-on activities •Fossil and artifact show and tell time •Custom sheet cake •Juice •Party favors for all guests •A special gift for birthday child •Paper products and silverware

    Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours