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Museum of Natural History

Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
+1 319-335-0606
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Was shocked to find this in a Iowa City. This is a great museum to visit on a rainy day. The place... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Cassandra May B
via mobile
Well maintained and impressive

Worth a visit...Very detailed history of the mid-west...Impressive exhibits...Interactive... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
York, Pennsylvania
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Explore our world at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History- Iowa’s gateway to the global environment for over 150 years. Walk through 500 million years of our natural and cultural heritage, culminating in the landscape we see today and how it affects the story of agriculture. Discover the adaptation and diversity of birds and mammals around the planet.
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Was shocked to find this in a Iowa City. This is a great museum to visit on a rainy day. The place is maintained very well and is clean. If you're interested in checking this place out I would go for it.

Thank Cassandra May B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Worth a visit...Very detailed history of the mid-west...Impressive exhibits...Interactive presentations

Thank retiredchuck
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I took my friend's children (6, 8, 10 & 12 years old) to visit the museum before summer ended. We were all surprised at the variety of animals, birds and history on display! What a nice (and free) museum for such a small city. The...More

Thank Genie533
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The museum is a great place that we have visited for decades; this is the kind of place were generations of families can visit over the years. My spouse went as a kid and we took our kids. There is range of exhibits from traditional...More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The museum is very interesting. A lot of information on how Iowa was formed geographically. There are many life size depictions of people and their lifestyles in those days. Some very big animals also exist in the Museum.

Thank carolkubota
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Spent a couple of hours walking arounf the natural history museum, plenty of information and exhibits to keep yourself entertained

Thank George P
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Our son has been enjoying night at the museum for four years We love the staff, the programming, themes, and our son loves the adventure

Thank alisaMeg
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I owe a great debt of gratitude to this museum, which helped foster a lifelong passion for Natural History, and for these sorts of museums.I frequented it regularly as a child in the 1960's. I now live a few blocks away from the American Museum...More

Thank BellaGeorge
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

there are three flours...in one of the floors you will learn about American history and native Americans; statues and explanation...one floor is dedicated to all birds so lovely...another one is made by students and professors also animals...it's nice to see...

Thank Issa M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I'll start with the fact that's it's free, and pretty interesting to a 20 month old! It's very.... dated. Had a cabinet of curiosities feel to it, and while we were there we didn't see a single employee or volunteer. Old building, big building.... bet...More

Thank MistressWanda
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