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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Museum of Natural History

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Old Capitol Museum

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Old Cap


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:

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Stanley Creates | Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

Saturday, February 24, 2024 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us to read Dr. Seuss's book Wacky Wednesday and make your own wacky creation with a mystery bag of art supplies. Each participant will receive a bag filled with a variety of materials to use their imaginations to assemble their own masterpiece. Workshop led by Debra Marqusee. Stanley Creates is planned with families in mind; UI students are also welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so please reserve your spot here.
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...