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Museum of Natural History

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Address: Macbride Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: +1 319-335-0606
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Interesting museum. Lots of good information and artifacts. You will learn about what Iowa was like thousands of years ago. The giant sloth was pretty neat.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Blue Grass, Iowa
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Blue Grass, Iowa
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum. Lots of good information and artifacts. You will learn about what Iowa was like thousands of years ago. The giant sloth was pretty neat.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a great, free trip for some quick history. It has a nice mix of everything without specializing in much. It does get a bit heavy foot traffic during class hours due to the building doubling as a lecture hall, but it is worth the trip. There is also a locally-adored stuffed sloth hiding around one of the... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bird area is unlike any that I have seen before. It was better than the Smithsonian museum for that area. Great trip for kids right here in eastern iowa to introduce them to a natural museum that you do not have to go to Chicago or other City 200 miles away. a 1000 birds, hundreds or mammals, fossils, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

No this certainly isn't the Field Museum of Chicago, or the Natural History Museum of NYC. In fact it's not even a tenth the size of those institutions. But this institution was founded in 1858 and does update it's displays every decade or so. Well worth stopping in to introduce science to children or just refresh your own memories on... More 

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Punta Allen, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Exhibits are rarely updated but, there is much to see. Great job on displays indigenous to the Midwest. Be sure to strike up a conversation with a Grad student or other faculty member to enhance your experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

As my title says, this place is a must if you are around. No fee to enter and it hosts a great collection of animals, birds, etc. It consists of several floors make sure to visit each one.

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Thank Michel E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

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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