**Both museums will be closed to the public Friday May 14th and Saturday May 15th. Please pardon
the inconvenience. We will return to normal hours next week.

The UI Pentacrest Museums have re-opened to campus and community visitors with limited hours and capacity. Here's what to expect:


Friday & Saturday: 10a - 5p
Sunday-Thursday: closed

Masks required

Face Masks Required

Worn over the nose and mouth during your entire museum visit.
Social distancing required

Social Distancing

Maintain 6+ ft from anyone not in your visitors' pod.
Directional Signage

Directional Signage

Heed all signage: one-way routes, capacity limits, & general guidance.
Find the full list of safety measures and additional information on tours, events, and accessing collections during COVID here.



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

Learn more

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums are the UI Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum. The Pentacrest Museums 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.


The Pentacrest Museums are quite literally the two museums located on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, at the center of campus. Come see us!

Old Capitol Museum
21 N Clinton St 
Iowa City, IA 52242

Museum of Natural History
Macbride Hall
17 N Clinton St
Iowa City, IA 52245





Our museums share the same open hours. Our hours are limited during our COVID-19 re-opening trial:

Friday & Saturday: 10a-5p
Sunday-Thursday: closed

Visit our COVID-19 Museum safety + guidance page to learn more about visit requirements and other special arrangements.


UIPM upcoming events:

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