Street Address
295 Scheman Building
Ames, IA 50011
Mailing Address
290 Scheman Bldg.
Ames, IA 50011
phone: 515-231-0324
Tuesday - Friday11 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Saturday1 PM - 4 PM
Closed Mondays and Holidays. For additional closures visit our social media or website.
Museum Type(s)
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Lynette Pohlman, Director and Chief Curator
Allison Sheridan, Communications Coordinator


The Brunnier Art Museum is the state's only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the nation's few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Iowa State alumnus Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. The decorative arts collection they donated, the Brunnier Collection, is extensive, consisting of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals.

Other fine and decorative art objects that form the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture.

Other fine and decorative art objects that form the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture.

About eight to twelve annual changing exhibitions and permanent collection exhibitions provide educational opportunities for all ages -- from learning the history of a quilt hand-stitched over 100 years ago to discovering how scientists analyze the physical properties of artists' materials, such as glass or stone.

Lectures, receptions, conferences, university classes, panel discussions, gallery walks, and gallery talks are presented to assist with further interpretation of objects.


The University Museums exist to foster understanding and delight in the visual arts with a focus on the creative interactions in arts, sciences and technology. The University Museums nurture knowledge of and appreciation for the University's cultural heritage and its present cultural context. The University Museums serve the Iowa State University community and the public as an educational and cultural resource.

Educational Programs

See our website for a listing of the over 90 annual programs and events.


    University, State


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes


    • E-Newsletter, 10 per year
    • Many scholarship publications


    Wheelchair Accessible




    The Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, and Farm House Museum offer unique, cultural and educational settings to campus departments and members of the community for all types of special events!

    BRUNNIER ART MUSEUM: Groups of up to 200 people may enjoy the Brunnier’s decorative and fine arts. With its ever changing options of temporary and permanent exhibitions, the Brunnier offers a visually stimulating and intellectually exciting setting for campus events.

    CHRISTIAN PETERSEN ART MUSEUM: University Museums’ newest art museum provides a visually dynamic setting for groups of 75 to 150 people. Located in the renovated historic Morrill Hall near the heart of central campus, the Christian Petersen Art Museum provides two gallery spaces with changing art exhibitions throughout the semester. Your guests will have the opportunity to experience works of art by the nation’s first sculptor in residence, Christian Petersen, as well as contemporary works of art.

    FARM HOUSE MUSEUM: Small intimate groups will enjoy the parlor at the Farm House Museum, with its historic artifacts and furnishings dating from 1860 to the early 1900s. Larger groups may consider a lawn party on the beautiful grounds of the Farm House Museum overlooking central campus.

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours