Education Resources

Field Trips

We host over a hundred field trip groups every year.  Visit our field trips page for detailed information.

We will do our best to accommodate all tour requests.  Tour slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you need your field trip to happen on a specific day or at a specific time, please schedule early to avoid disappointment.  Spring, especially May, is our busiest period for tours, and more flexibility may be possible at other times of the year.

UI Instructors

Museums are an ideal venue for active, engaged learning across disciplines.  We encourage UI instructors to bring classes or assign students to use the building, the permanent museum areas and restored rooms, and the temporary exhibits in your courses.  We may be able to arrange for your class to meet with exhibit curators or educators.  We can also serve as a venue for final reading, exhibit, or performance projects.  Departments and colleges we've worked with include English, history, rhetoric, creative writing, music, art and art history, and law.  We are happy to meet to brainstorm ideas.

UI class visits should be scheduled in advance to prevent conflicts with other groups and field trips.  UI class visits are not limited to public museum hours; we are happy to arrange a schedule that works for your course.  

Discovery Trunks

Our resource trunks can be shipped to you anywhere in Iowa for use in classroom, library, homeschool, or other programs.  Thanks to generous funding through the university's Better Futures for Iowans initiative, there is currently no charge for trunk rental or outgoing shipping.  

History trunks available through Old Capitol Museum currently include Territorial Iowa and a resource trunk for teachers interested in the National History Day competition.  A trunk focused on Iowa's culinary heritage will be available starting in fall 2015.  Additional trunks are available from the Museum of Natural History and Office of the State Archaeologist, including multiple themes about Iowa history, cultures, archaeology, ecology, geology, and paleontology.  Check the full listing here.

To request a trunk, email kathrine-moermond@uiowa.edu or fill out the request form at http://discover.research.uiowa.edu/traveling-teaching-trunks/reserve-trunk.

The Discovery Trunk program has been funded through the State Historic Society, Inc., the University of Iowa's Better Futures for Iowans program, and a recent grant from the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.  

Mobile Museum

In 2014, the Pentacrest Museums and the Office of the State Archaeologist partnered with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development to launch the University of Iowa Mobile Museum.  The Mobile Museum visits schools and events throughout the state, and can be combined with speaker visits, trunk loans, or other activities.  Visit the Mobile Museum webpage or contact us at mobile-museum@uiowa.edu to find out more.