The world is an AMAZING place, and museums such as the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is a great way to really learn, understand and explore everything that is wonderful about this planet!
Kids will love getting up close to a massive selection of mammals and seeing how they are different to each other, and unique in their own right - from the adorable aardvark all the way to the very awesome zebra (and everything in between A and Z) in the Mammal Hall. What is the funniest animal you can spot? There are probably ones you have never heard of!
The kids can understand and learn of over 1,000 birds through interactive exhibits, and the global environment will come to life in the Biosphere Discovery Hall.
Fancy taking a trip back 500 million years? Why not! If we had a time capsule, we would recommend this, but the second best option is to witness how life was like through Iowa Hall - a 500 million year adventure through the states cultural, ecological and geological history.
There is also the fascinating Diversity of Life exhibit which is exploding with history including a very interesting section on taxidermy! Don't know what that is? You might get quite a shock then!
The museum also hold educational programs including workshops, lectures, field trips and movies which revolve around the natural environment so at a small additional cost, you can expand your learning!
Love the world! And it will love you.
The world awaits in Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City.
Parking is best in one of the many downtown ramps operated by the city.
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!
Guided tours are available if you want on Tuesday - Sundays. Tours are free, but just call to schedule a visit at least a week prior.
If you ask nicely you might be able to! The gift shop in the lobby has a great collection of books, rocks, minerals, cute plush animals and jewelry.
The museum is handicapped accessible through an entrance on the east side of Macbride Hall. There is also an elevator which you can gain access to all the museum galleries through.
They hold some great guides and scavenger hunts, and you can even hold your birthday party at the museum!