The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums are, quite literally, the two museums located on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. The Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History (next door in Macbride Hall) serve different missions at the intersection of human culture and natural history while sharing one administrative structure.
The Old Capitol Museum has been in operation since 1976, when the building reopened after a major renovation. 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, special events, and educational resources for all ages.