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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0606
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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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Good short visit

Some very interesting artifacts. Teens thought Rusty the Giant Sloth was awesome & worth the stop. 1/2 hour was plenty of time...an hour if you really took your time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Lombard, Illinois
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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I've been in this museum hundreds of times over the years, but always find new and interesting exhibits when I visit. Goes to show you need more than one visit to appreciate it!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

There are three exhibit halls in McBride hall. The first, located in the main entrance, is Iowa Hall. This well crafted but small exhibit hall walks you through the history of Iowa, starting with the Devonian and ending with modern agriculture. Most people enjoy the left side (ancient history) which features a very nice plecoderm model and a reconstructed young... More 

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Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Some very interesting artifacts. Teens thought Rusty the Giant Sloth was awesome & worth the stop. 1/2 hour was plenty of time...an hour if you really took your time.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I took my nephew (6yrs) and niece (3yrs) to this museum and they had a great time. They really liked the stuffed animals such as the giant sloth and polar bear. The mammal hall upstairs is pretty neat. I loved the right whale skeleton. Some of the exhibits you can tell are fairly old. It's not a huge museum either... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I love taking my kids here when we're on campus. It's a fun museum, and we always learn something. With younger boys, we don't typically stay too long, but that makes it even better, because we can keep coming back and find things we missed before. Of course, we always have to see the giant sloth. A bonus is that... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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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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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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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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0606
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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