175 Years on the Pentacrest

Opening 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, first-hand accounts from notable Hawkeyes, and historic artifacts tell the story.

The exhibition will be open to the public with free admission during regular hours at the Old Capitol Museum, Friday & Saturday 10a - 5p. 

A virtual series diving deeper into each of the broader topics covered in the exhibition will be announced in March, with sessions held throughout 2022. Stay tuned.

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EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: If Walls Could Talk promotional image


Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
On May 31, 1972 the Old Capitol was verified by the National Register of Historic Places. Join us just days before the 50th anniversary of this honor—175 years since the founding of our great university and 182 years since the cornerstone was first laid—for a very special Exhibition Spotlight: If Walls Could Talk. Let's examine our beloved Old Cap from every angle, Then & Now. During this virtual webinar, we’ll travel back in time with Pentacrest Museums director Liz Crooks and local historian...

View recordings of past virtual events in this series: