Museum of Natural History – Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa offers three major galleries focused on natural science and natural history of Iowa and the Midwest.

The UI Museum of Natural History was established in 1858 by an act of the Iowa General Assembly.  It is the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest museum of any kind in the West.

A 500-million-year journey through Iowa’s past. Explore the state’s geology, ecology and native cultures. Featured displays include a coral reef from 380 million years ago, a prehistoric coal swamp, a giant Ice Age sloth, Meskwaki traditional artwork and the 500-foot bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and the arrival of Marquette and Jolliet in 1673.

One of the Midwest’s largest collections of North American birds, with more than 1,000 specimens on display. Plus the historic Laysan Island cyclorama recreating a 1911 Hawaiian bird sanctuary.

Every order of mammals is on display, from aardvarks to zebras, including the skeleton of an Atlantic Right Whale. Learn about the Museum’s historic expeditions which sent University students worldwide and brought other specimens of famous explorers to the Museum.

Location: 10 Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa Campus in Iowa City, IA

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5p.m.

Phone: 319) 335-0480

Admission: Free 

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