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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0606
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Description: Explore our world at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History...
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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Nice, compact museum

We enjoyed the Natural History Museum - lots of interesting animals and birds to see - quick and easy to navigate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

never made it inside, couldnt find any parking, after driving in circles for 45 min. and waiting on pedestrians crossing everywhere we decided to give up and go to the mall.

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Detroit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We enjoyed the Natural History Museum - lots of interesting animals and birds to see - quick and easy to navigate.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Come see the Giant Sloth! No, really! The Natural History Museum has excellent dioramas of the history of Iowa, and an actual Giant Sloth. Good for an hour or so. Very informative.

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Our soon to be 8 year old loves this museum and has since she was 4. Honestly most of the exhibits are a bit dated and consist of "stuffed" animals. But it is pretty fun for our family and we go there a lot. Its also FREE.

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São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A three story museum with the natural history of Iowa. It is free and a nice place to visit. My family and I enjoyed it.

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Anytown, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I have to admit, I went for the giant sloth (super cool!), but ended up being so pleasantly surprised by all there was to see here. The dioramas are really well done, and the plethora of animals is amazing. It's such an old building and collection that they even have extinct species like the passenger pigeon. Definitely worth a visit,... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Great museum to visit with kids on a rainy day. My nephew loves the giant sloth, prairie setting, penguins and native American culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

My husband and I have both lived in Iowa our entire lives. We visited this museum as children. One rainy day we needed something to do and went back. The amount they have in the museum is overwhelming! So many different things to see! Not many people know the museum extends into all of the hallways through MacBride. Some of... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Conveniently located at McBride Hall on the University of Iowa Campus, the Museum of Natural History was small but complete. We particularly liked the mammal and aviary taxidermy exhibits.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Every time I visit Iowa City I spend several hours meandering through this wonderful museum. It is a gem!

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