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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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Small but great

The museum traces and celebrates the natural history of Iowa. It is small but absolutely lovely. Make sure to freak out on the giant sloth taxidermy and his friend the giant eel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The museum traces and celebrates the natural history of Iowa. It is small but absolutely lovely. Make sure to freak out on the giant sloth taxidermy and his friend the giant eel. The whole thing will take an hour or so; make sure you step around the corner and visit what remains of the art collection.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The place was amazing but when we get there, nobody is there to ask which way to go or what. So we just decided to take a pic outside instead.

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Iowa City
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The displays of birds and mammals are interesting and worth a walk-through. The highlight, however, is the prehistoric Iowa display with the giant sloth, the earliest North Americans and their spearpoints, etc.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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285 reviews 285 reviews
97 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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