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Go Back in Time at the Museum of Natural History in Iowa City
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Go Back in Time at the Museum of Natural History in Iowa City

The school year is almost over, but at The Museum of Natural History in Iowa City, little learners continue to grow.

For more than 150 years, this museum-- located on the University of Iowa campus, has educated visitors about the natural world with displays of more than 141,000 specimens gathered on University-sponsored expeditions and research trips.

Iowa Hall

Journey 500 million years into the past in the museum’s Iowa Hall that showcases Iowa’s geological, cultural and ecological history from the beginning of the Devonian Period. Fossils, dioramas and native artifacts illustrate the history of the land, plants, animals and early people of the region.

Mammal Hall

Explore a diversity of mammals – from humans to zebras - from around the world in the Mammal Hall. The museum’s most popular mammal is the giant three-toed sloth named Rusty. Thomas Jefferson found Rusty’s bones in the late 1700s and originally thought his claws belonged to a lion because of their massive size.

Biosphere Discovery Hub

Learn about Iowa’s role in the global environment in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, a part of the museum that showcases the ever-changing relationship between culture and the environment. See how University researchers are working to protect the environment around the world.

Hageboeck Hall of Birds

Education takes flight in Hageboeck Hall of Birds. Here, more than 1,000 preserved bird species are on display. The exhibit explores bird life, ecology, nesting, parenting, flight and all other aspects of avian life. The Laysan Island Cyclorama, a 360-degree interactive exhibit, gives visitors an in-depth look at this Pacific Island known for its unique birds.

Admission to the Museum of Natural History is free, although donations are welcome. Guided tours are available by reservation.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
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    Thanks for another great post, Katie!
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