Welcome to the Pentacrest Museums

The Old Capitol east & west entrances are closed for construction May 16 - June 6, 2022
Please use the accessible south entrance. The south door remains locked but will be opened promptly for guests who ring the bell during open museum hours. Thank you and please pardon the inconvenience.

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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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, May 20, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
Friday, February 25th—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...