Program Series

Mornings @ The Museum

Connect (or reconnect) with your sense of wonder at the Museum of Natural History this summer. A free, drop-in welcome, fam-friendly, summer program designed with elementary and jr. high students in mind but suitable for all-ages! We know summers are long when your kiddos aren't in school–we've got your back, parents! Mornings @ The Museum are a perfect way to keep busy (with the TV off!), learn cool stuff, and stay cool! Each event will feature a different theme with an activity.

"Come for the fun, stay for the A/C"
                                       -Rusty the Giant Sloth

  • Tuesday, June 11 10-11am - ICE CREAM
  • Tuesday, June 18 10-11am - SCAVENGER HUNT
  • Friday, July 19 10-11am - APOLLO 11
  • Thursday, August 8, 10-11am - FOSSILS
Mornings @ The Museum

Night at the Museum

Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a head lamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie! 

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

New programming dates will be released for the Fall 2019 semester over the summer. Stay tuned for registration!

 

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 30 minutes of guided learning (story, poems/songs, craft) that leads to free exploration of the museum is the perfect way to start your Friday with your littles. And all before naptime! Read on the Rug is recommended for ages 2-4 along with their parent or guardian.

Cost is free, space is limited to ten and advance signup is required so we have space and materials for everyone.  Please sign up using the registration links:

ROR

Sketch Nite

Experienced, aspiring, and amateur artists alike: this summer, 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! Oh, and did we mention air conditioning...summer in Iowa, right? 

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

New Summer 2019 dates are here!

  • Thursday, July 11 5-6:30pm in Mammal Hall at the Museum of Natural History

  • Thursday, July 18 5-6:30pm special edition at Old Capitol Museum

  • Thursday, August 1 5-6:30pm in Bird Hall at the Museum of Natural History

UIMNH Sketch Nite

UIMNH Escape Room

A mystery is afoot at the UI Museum of Natural History. Curator and Professor Charles Nutting’s brief case went missing in 1897.  Over the course of more than a century many of the University's brightest minds have searched for it in vain. This brief case contains important documentation about many of the specimens on exhibit.  Without the 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 long lost briefcase. 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!

STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES in Fall 2019...

Escape Room

Write Nite

Experienced, aspiring, and amateur writers alike: this summer, 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 (Phew! Summer in Iowa, right?). Work on a project you've been needing a reason to revisit or begin something totally new. All genres, all subjects–we got you.

Our space is yours for the evening:

  • Tuesday, June 18 5-6:30pm in Mammal Hall
  • Thursday, August 29 5-6:30pm in Bird Hall

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

Write Nite