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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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Good selection of natural history.

No matter your age, museums of natural history are fun! This would be a good place to bring kids of all ages.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

No matter your age, museums of natural history are fun! This would be a good place to bring kids of all ages.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

...it's just right for kids, especially those in elementary school. Beloved destination of locals, our IC kids grow up being toted to MacBride Hall at least once a year. Rusty the Giant Sloth, (Look, honey, those once roamed across Iowa!) created using over a thousand cow tail tassels, is something of a local celeb. Check out the mammoth's bumpy molars.... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I didn't know this existed until about 6 years after moving to this area. I love museums, especially Natural History, so I'm pretty delighted it exists. You can get in about any time, but it can be a little weird at first since there's no front desk or lobby or guides or anything like that. You wander around on your... More 

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 6 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 13 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 24 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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