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Museum of Natural History

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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0606
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great plac to visit with your grandkids

This is a great natural history museum, the price is right, free, and the displays of birds, Native American habitat, mammals, animals, even an uninhabited island, are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jim E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great natural history museum, the price is right, free, and the displays of birds, Native American habitat, mammals, animals, even an uninhabited island, are interestingly displayed. We took our children there and recently took our granddaughter and it is still entertaining. With three floors, there are ample displays. Being in downtown Iowa City, there is shopping and... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like nature and history, this is a real find. The museum is divided into various segments on 3 floors and all Free. Really well done. Museum is on the campus of the University of Iowa with parking available nearby, a short walk.

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum possesses a superb natural history collection housed in Macbride Hall, a classic academic building in the Pentacrest of the University. Great emphasis is rightfully placed on the natural history of Iowa, most notably exhibits of primeval flora and fauna and dioramas depicting the Meskwaki Indians, but one could argue that the star attractions are the extensive mammal and... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free of charge, extensive collection, friendly staff. Located in the heart of the U of Iowa campus, this museum will appeal to the families of any size. I personally enjoy visiting on my own, as I like to take my time moving from one hall to another.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much science. This museum has an awesome collection dating back to before the dinosaurs. Your kids will learn a lot.

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Iowa City IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

When my sons were young, the Museum of Natural History was a favorite place to spend a couple hours. A visit there starts with a GIANT sloth from the Ice Age and nearby coral reef from eons ago that features a very impressive Giant fish with big teeth and big armour--Both are kid magnets, but secretly happy they are stuffed... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is certainly a decent but relatively small museum worth your time if you're interested in learning some regional history and seeing some geologic, wildlife, and native American historical exhibits. Don't miss "Rusty," the star of the show.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Very small museum. Not the building but most of it is used for classrooms and offices. Good news it is free. Next to the old state capital in downtown. It's worth a short visit if you have some time to kill.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We take our grandkids here, and they love seeing all the science exhibits, the rocks, the fossils, the stuffed animals, the birds, the albino raccoon, the fish, it is pretty educational. I recommend anyone who likes history to see this place.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

We had a day off of school so I took my four kids to check out the museum. Ages 11, 8, 6 and 1. The museum is old but clean and has many interesting exhibits. You can check out themed packs full of activities and books at the front counter for free. The kids had fun with the packs and... More 

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