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Museum of Natural History

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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0606
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Free! Lots of animals and Iowa stuff

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Iowa
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262 reviews 262 reviews
93 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Iowa City, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Took my wife and daughter had a wonderful time we will be going back very soon. We just loved the birds.

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Muscatine, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I originally took the kids I babysit during the summer here just to kill time. There is no parking available on site, however you can park on a street nearby for up to 5 hours with a parking meter which was a fair deal. I was afraid the kids would be bored, but I was pleasantly surprised. They spent so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had our first date here. A year and a half later, he proposed to me in front of the hummingbird display. The bird island simulation is lovely. A bit of the old world on a campus that's constantly trying to be on the cutting edge.

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