The Christian Petersen Art Museum – Ames, Iowa (ISU)

Christian Petersen Art Museum.jpgThe Christian Petersen Art Museum – Ames, Iowa (ISU)

This is a new museum on campus.  You will certainly want to visit to see the great works created by numerous talented artists and named for the nations first permanent campus artist-in-residence.  The museum contains the largest collection of public works of art at any college or university in the nation.  There are over 3,000 objects ranging in size from large sculptures to sketches on paper exhibited and stored in the new museum. 

This museum is located at Morrill Hall on the ISU campus where Christian Petersen was a faculty of the college from 1937 through 1955.  He sculpted at the college from 1935 through 1955.

The Museum is the home of the Christian Petersen Art Collection, the Art on Campus Program, the University Museums’’ Visual Literacy and Learning Program and the Contemporary Changing Art Exhibitions Program.  With all of this to see you will certainly enjoy your time at the museum.

Located within the Christian Petersen Art Museum are the Lyle and Nancy Campbell Art Gallery, the Roy and Bobbi Reiman Public Art Studio Gallery, the Margaret Davidson Center for the Study of the Art on Campus Collection, the Edith D. and Torsten E. Lagerstrom Loaned Collections Center, and the Neva M. Petersen Visual Learning Gallery.

Christian Petersen Art Museum

  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed during University Holidays. The Christian Petersen Art Museum will not be open during University breaks.

Christian Petersen Art Museum Directions:

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is located in Morrill Hall at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

If approaching Ames on Interstate 35 from the north or south, take exit 111B labeled Highway 30 West. From westbound or eastbound Highway 30 take the University Blvd. (formerly Elwood Dr.) exit and turn north. University Blvd. will pass on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium and Iowa State Center parking lots. Cross over Lincoln Way and continuer around on University Blvd. Turn left on Wallace Road and then Right on Osborn Drive. Approach the gate (1st cement pillar) and press the bottom on the call box, announce you are a museum visitor. Continue west on Osborn Drive, turn left on Morrill Road. Morrill Hall is the three story red brick building directly in front of you.


There is some paid meter parking on Morrill Road. There is paid ramp parking at the Memorial Union Ramp.

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