About Us

Our Mission

The Old Capitol Museum seeks to educate the university, local, and national communities on the continuing significance of the humanities, as an invigorated and distinguished building that serves as a center of culture and civic discourse for the State of Iowa, through public outreach initiatives, educational programming, exhibitions, and academic scholarship.

Our Place on Campus

Together, Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History (next door in Macbride Hall) form the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums.  Old Capitol Museum has been in operation since 1976, when the building reopened after a major renovation.  It is the only National Historic Landmark in Iowa City.  Throughout its long history, the building has served as a seat of the territorial and state governments, a university building serving numerous schools and colleges, administrative offices, and finally a museum.  

Today, we serve our university and Iowa City communities through beautifully restored historic interiors, temporary exhibits, programming, and education resources for all ages.

Our Building

The Old Capitol dome is the University of Iowa's logo and remains one of the most recognizable images and landmarks in the state of Iowa.  In the 175 years since the cornerstone was laid, the building has undergone multiple additions and renovations, as well as surviving a major fire in 2001.

Read more about the Old Capitol building on our building page and through our historical timeline.