Birthday Parties

Museum of Natural History Birthday Parties

Though we have reopened to the public and are beginning to explore the return of our traditional programs, at this time we have not re-introduced extended offerings at the Museums, such as Birthday Parties. We will update this page and publicize the return of this offering when it's time. Below is information about parties that are not currently offered but will return.

Let the Museum of Natural History help make your child’s birthday extra special!

Our staff and volunteers take care of all the details, so you and your guests can celebrate without the fuss.

Parties include:

  • Private party room (Biosphere Discovery Hub)
  • Free printable invitation cards
  • A personal museum assistant
  • Hands-on activities
  • Fossil & artifact show and tell time
  • Custom sheet cake and juice (including paper products & utensils)
  • Party favors for all guests & a special gift for birthday child!

Party Times

Birthday parties are two hours long and can be held anytime during our regular hours.  Parties outside regular hours may be available but will incur additional fees.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Age Recommendations

Birthday parties at the Museum of Natural History are for children celebrating their 6th through 12th birthdays.


Which party sounds fun to you?! All party base prices are for 10 children and 4 adults. 

Basic Birthday Bash Base Price: $145

Extra kids: $14.50 each
Extra adults: $5 each

Let the Museum of Natural History make your child’s birthday party extra special! Our Basic Birthday Bash includes a museum tour, scavenger hunt, and creating tons of birthday memories.

Little Birdie Birthday Bash Base Price: $160

Extra kids: $16 each
Extra adults: $5 each

Tweet! Tweet! Your little birdies will soar through the museum learning about the egg-trordinary world of birds through hands-on activities and games.

Mammal Mania Party Base Price: $160

Extra kids: $16 each
Extra adults: $5 each

A party fit for a King (or Queen)…of the jungle that is! Come explore the Museum of Natural History through the eyes of our furry friends with fossil time, hands-on activities, and a scavenger hunt.

Creepy Crawly Party Base Price: $160

Extra kids: $16 each
Extra adults: $5 each

Come have a creepy crawly good time at the Museum of Natural History! Your little creatures will slitter through the museum learning about amazing world of insects and reptiles.

Dino-mite Dinosaur Party Base Price: $175

Extra kids: $18 each
Extra adults: $5 each

Have a roaring good time at a prehistoric party! Little paleontologist will love this party - digging up dinosaur bones and hunting for dinosaur "eggs". Dinosaurs are back from extinction at this Dino-mite Dinosaur Party!

Blast from the Past Party Base Price: $175

Extra kids: $18 each
Extra adults: $5 each

The Ice Age is back! You and your party guests will uncover the remarkable adventure of these Ice Age giants by participating in hands-on activities and fossil time.

A Party Under the Sea Base Price: $175

Extra kids: $18 each
Extra adults: $5 each

Join us for an underwater adventure! You and your party guests will dive into world of jellyfish, dolphins, whales, and more! Learn about all these amazing animals by creating your own sea life diorama

Additional Guests:

You can invite more than 10 kids and 4 adults. Each child and/or adult over the 14 will be an additional cost. If more than the 14 free guests attend your party, we ask for the remaining balance to be paid immediately following your party before you leave the museum. Although, without advanced notice, we cannot guarantee enough supplies and activities for more than 10 kids. The maximum capacity of our party rooms is 25 people. Adults may substitute for any of the 10 free kid spots included with the party package. In order to keep a 1:5 adult to child ratio, kids are not allowed to substitute for any of the 4 free adult spots included with the party package.

Additional Guest Fees:

Guests ages 1-12: see specific party prices
Guests ages 13+: $5 each
Guests under age 1: FREE!


Parking is available in several public ramps within walking distance from the Museum. The Iowa Memorial Union Ramp is located at the corner of Madison Street and Jefferson Street (across the street from the Museum). There is also a City parking ramp located three blocks away, adjacent to the Old Capitol Mall.

Party Schedule

Please arrive on time. We have other parties that may be scheduled before or after yours. Therefore, we cannot extend your time if you are late; however, you may arrive up to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Early arrivals are encouraged to explore the museum until the party starts. Our policy states that you have a designated time in the party room. Please have your guests arrive promptly to ensure the maximum amount of time for your party. We will have someone stationed at the front entrance of the museum to assist guests in finding the party room. After your designated party time the party room must be cleared, but you and your guests may stay at the museum until closing time.

Scheduling a Party

To schedule a party, please contact our Education Department at 319-335-0480 or

We recommend birthday parties be scheduled at least four weeks before the date of the party for best availability.  We require the full payment at the time of booking, and cannot hold the date without the payment. UI students staff UIMNH birthday parties and we work around their university schedule, therefore, we can only schedule birthday parties less than three months in advance.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A cancellation notice is required within a minimum of 2 weeks from the party date.  Parties that have been cancelled 2 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund of 50% of base price paid.  Parties that have been cancelled with less than 2 weeks’ notice will not receive a refund. Parties may be rescheduled as long as the new date is scheduled 2 weeks out.