Upcoming Closures:
  • Fall Break: The Pentacrest Museums will observe the University of Iowa's fall break schedule November 20, 2022 - November 27, 2022. We will re-open for regularly scheduled hours Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
  • Winter Closure: The Pentacrest Museums will be closed for some holiday observances and an annual closure for museum maintenance Saturday, December 24, 2022 - January 17, 2023. We will re-open for regularly scheduled hours Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
  • Visit our staff directory for questions and special arrangements during this time.

Welcome to the Pentacrest Museums

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums feature both permanent and changing exhibits, educational programming, historic research collections care, and special events at the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History. 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History


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Old Capitol Museum

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MISSION

We serve to strengthen the vital role of both Museums in the educational, research, and engagement missions of the University, enhancing the campus-wide focus on cultural and environmental diversity.

UIPM upcoming events:

THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest promotional image

THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest

Friday, November 25, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
Friday, Feb. 25—precisely 175 years after the founding of the University of Iowa—on display through 2022. The Pentacrest Museums present a new, celebratory exhibition THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest in the Hanson Gallery of the Old Capitol Museum. Honoring the University's landmark anniversary, the exhibit explores various departments and happenings on the Pentacrest, then & now. What's the same? What has changed? Large format comparative photography, firsthand accounts from notable...
THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest promotional image

THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest

Saturday, November 26, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
Friday, Feb. 25—precisely 175 years after the founding of the University of Iowa—on display through 2022. The Pentacrest Museums present a new, celebratory exhibition THEN & NOW: 175 Years on the Pentacrest in the Hanson Gallery of the Old Capitol Museum. Honoring the University's landmark anniversary, the exhibit explores various departments and happenings on the Pentacrest, then & now. What's the same? What has changed? Large format comparative photography, firsthand accounts from notable...