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Museum of Natural History

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Iowa's Museum of Natural History

Really beautiful old building in use by Iowa University jam packed full of displays of all kinds of... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2019
Dk C
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Rock Island, Illinois
Interesting morning

We visited on a Saturday morning, the displays are very nice and organized. Lots of Iowa... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2019
72Cricket
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Davenport, Iowa
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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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great free museum to visit. A self guided tour involves Mammal Hall and a Hall of Birds. An interesting visit for all ages

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jake060
Reviewed August 7, 2019

I have visited this museum several times. Each time I am surprised at the amount of quality exhibits. If you have an extra hour before another event, stop in. Its free and well worth the few steps from the Old Capital.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2019

Really beautiful old building in use by Iowa University jam packed full of displays of all kinds of animals. Some are skeletal or fossil remains, most are stuffed/taxidermy ... all are really amazing. From sea lions, to hummingbirds, giant prehistoric sloths, to tiny moles and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Dk C
Reviewed June 15, 2019

We visited on a Saturday morning, the displays are very nice and organized. Lots of Iowa information about rocks, and Native Americans in Iowa. Also information and displays about animals. It was a free museum. School age children would be ok here, a few hands...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

This is a nice little museum for a rainy day. There’s enough interesting stuff for about an hour-long (or longer) visit. The displays are informative and educational. The giant sloth and right whale displays are especially impressive; the Native American artifacts and exhibits are well...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Keith H
Reviewed April 13, 2019

This museum is packed with history of the area, and has fabulous taxidermy. There are special displays that are very old and so well preserved. I highly recommend it for families, and anyone who enjoys natural history. We have been going for nearly 40 years...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

My aunt (retired park ranger and best tour guide ever) took us to this museum. My son, Fossil Boy, loved it. We have been to museums big and small, and, honestly, these small museums are often best for young children. They are doable and not...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank EPB30
Reviewed April 25, 2018

When family and grandchildren visit this is a great and educational destination in the heart of the University of Iowa campus. A must see.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Was shocked to find this in a Iowa City. This is a great museum to visit on a rainy day. The place is maintained very well and is clean. If you're interested in checking this place out I would go for it.

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Cassandra May B
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Worth a visit...Very detailed history of the mid-west...Impressive exhibits...Interactive presentations

Date of experience: September 2017
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