Museums for all


Iowa City’s history runs deep.

Luckily, there are several museums to showcase the city’s past lives — and all that happen to be in walking distance.

Old Capitol Museum

Located in the heart of the campus, the Old Capitol Museum is found in the Old Capitol. Before it was moved to Des Moines, Iowa City served as the capitol of Iowa. In the museum, you could take a tour of the building to see the rooms where some of Iowa’s first laws were drafted.

Museum of Natural History

The UI’s Museum of Natural History is the second oldest museum in the United States west of the Mississippi River.  The museum was established in1858 when the Iowa General Assembly directed the UI to house specimens from the State Natural History and Geological Surveys in a cabinet of natural history. The museum is currently located in Macbride Hall. When you visit, be sure to take a selfie with Rusty the Sloth, who turned 30 this year.

University of Iowa Museum of Art

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is known for having one of the top university collections in the whole country. After the 2008 flood, the museum was moved to the Iowa Memorial Union. The IMU location features an expansive installation of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum’s Black Box Theater is also located in the IMU.

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