Program Series

Night at the Museum

Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun. Each month we'll dive into a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on learning. Your child will receive an official MNH Miner Helmet with a head lamp to keep, and the group will explore the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to go have dinner or even see a movie! Spots fill up fast, so sign up today.

For students in grades 1-5; $30 per student per program.

 

 

Night At The Museum

Read on the Rug

Bring your toddler to enjoy a story and related activities at the Museum of Natural History! Approximately one hour of guided learning (story, poems/songs, craft) that leads to free exploration of the museum is the perfect way to start a Friday with your littles. And all before naptime!

Read on the Rug is recommended for ages 2-4 along with their parent or guardian.

We're doing away with registration limits! Come one, come all! Cost is free. Walk-ins welcome, though we sure do appreciate your advanced signup (using the links below) for planning purposes.

ROR

Sketch Nite

Experienced, aspiring, and amateur artists alike: make our museums your muse.

Join us in one of our magical gallery spaces after-hours with other artists in your community. Our collections make excellent subjects for sketching because they're always perfectly still! 

This program is designed for adult participants but everyone is welcome!  Admission is free. Advanced registration not required.

UIMNH Sketch Nite

UIMNH Escape Room

A mystery is afoot at the UI Museum of Natural History. UI Professor William Reiner donated his collection to the UI but his letter he sent to the UI has gone missing. This letter contains important documentation and museum staff have tried in vain to track it down, but haven’t had luck.  Without this documentation, the futures of the exhibits are uncertain.  You & your team of 5 will have 60 minutes to crack codes, solve clues, & solve puzzles throughout the gallery and find the lost letter. Are you up to the challenge?

  • Build your team, choose a date, choose a time on the hour, and register today!  Team fees are $35 (UI student teams are $15)
  • At this time we cannot take walk-ins. All reservations must be made online in advance.  Bookings for a given day close at midnight the night before.
  • The UI MNH Escape Room is designed for those 12 and over. A supervising adult must accompany players under 16 years of age.
  • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your start time. Gallery doors cannot be reopened once the game begins.
  • Bring your best wits & detective skills because cell phone use is not permitted in the Escape Room!

No dates for 2020 yet, but check out the escape room at our sister museum! Visit oldcap.uiowa.edu to learn more!

Escape Room

Walking Tours

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History presents: Walking Tours! Get in those steps and take in the sights with this brand new program designed to give special insight into this some treasured history of our campus and community. There's no place like Iowa City in the Fall. Let's take a stroll.

All ages. All tours start at 5:30pm on the steps of Old Capitol. Free registration.

New program dates for 2020 coming soon!

Museum of Natural History Walking Tours

Write Nite

Experienced, aspiring, and amateur writers alike: make our museums your muse.

Join us in one of our magical gallery spaces after-hours with other writers in your community. We think our museum is one of the best places to write in town; evoking curiosity and wonder while remaining quiet and of course, climate-controlled. Work on a project you've been needing a reason to revisit or begin something totally new. All genres, all subjects–we got you.

This program is designed for adult participants but everyone is welcome!  Admission is free. Advanced registration not required.

Write Nite