Last updated: 1/12/2012
Iowa City, Iowa
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


Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM
10 AM - 8 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays and National Holidays


Free. Donations Accepted.


John Logsdon, Director
Sarah Horgen, Education Coordinator

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.


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.

Lecture Halls
Performance Areas
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

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

Wheelchair Accessible
Museum Events
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Western Museums Association’s (WMA) 2023 Annual Meeting

October 5 - 8, 2023

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New England Museum Association 2023 Conference

November 8 - 10, 2023

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Small Museum Association 2023 Conference

February 19 - 21, 2024

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2024 California Association of Museums Conference Announced

March 10 - 14, 2024

Location TBD



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