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“A flash back of how museums use to be” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History
Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-0606
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Ranked #5 of 9 Attractions in Iowa City
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Nevada, Iowa
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“A flash back of how museums use to be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

this museum is a mixture of old and new types of museums. the Iowa hall is relatively new and takes you on a 500-million-year adventure through Iowa's geological, cultural and ecological history.

In contract the Mammal Hall is the old fashion way of museums with rows and rows of display cases full of taxidermied animals. It was great to see a museum still this way and even my son liked it. Some of the taxidermy was in need of repair and some were just scary looking but overall was great to see.

The museum is on two floors the first and the third. the main part is on the first floor. and you have to be very observant to find the two doors on either side of the exhibit to know to there is two whole other areas.

I was there during Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend so there were activity tables through out the museum and special lectures and talks. Unfortunately, we missed these but the topics seemed very interesting.

I love the proximity to the Old Capitol building to you can just walk over and see it two. Parking was something left to be desired. I'm not sure if that is that busy every weekend in that area or just because of the Asics fan fest for the Olympic trials but we had to park a few blocks away in a parking garage. Turned out to be a nice walk and we did have the option of walking at least part of the way through the Old Capital Mall.

Visited April 2012
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Valdosta, Georgia
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“Educational, free, and very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

I was rather impressed with the size of the collection they have at this museum. For a small town, like Iowa city, it really is rather large. If you're looking for something interesting to do on a nice lazy afternoon, then this is the place to come. But don't forget to go upstairs to see the bird and mammal exhibits!

Visited March 2012
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Iowa City, Iowa
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“Free, nice for this size town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Don't skip the Hall of Mammals and Hall of Birds upstairs. This museum probably isn't much compared to ones in Chicago or New York, but is great for Iowa. I am a local and have taken the kids there several times and will likely go back several more.

Visited December 2011
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Iowa
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“Educational and Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We've taken our kids here several times and it is always fun. The displays are captivating and there's enough to hold the interest of young children through adults of all ages.

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Iowa City
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

In MacBride Hall. Check out the huge glass enclosed Aviary/Nature display.

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