History Club

History Club

Each month participants will explore a different period of history with museum staff.

History Club's Fall 2018 programming will include 2 events:

Friday, September 28th
5:30 - 7:30PM
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Friday, November 16th
5:30 - 7:30PM
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History Club is for students in grades 5-8; $30 per student per program

Space is limited and registration is required. Register today!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Julia DeSpain in advance at or 319-335-1508.

Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Every April, join us for family fun and activities at the Old Capitol Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History.

Pentacrest Museums Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2018

Join us for a week long summer camp at the Museum of Natural History! Participants will enjoy games, lessons, and activities, each day we will explore a different period of time from our past! 

Participants will bring their own lunch each day, snacks provided. Summer Camp is intended for children from grades 1-5. Register by March 1 for the early bird rate of $150 per camper.  After March 1, the cost is $195 per camper.  Register here.


Piano Sundays


Now in its 12th year, the Piano Sundays concert series at the Old Capitol Museum has showcased the most talented University of Iowa faculty and students in the Piano Area in the UI School of Music. Each concert is supported by West Music of Coralville and presents a unique set of musical selections ranging from Bach to Bartok, Jenni to Ginastera, Mozart to Mussorgsky and more!

Open to the public in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark and museum presenting early University of Iowa and territorial and state history, the Old Capitol Museum is honored to offer this special ongoing musical series that highlights the rich sounds of the beautifully restored 1878 Steinway Centennial Style Concert Grand. The Steinway was purchased in 2006 with an in-kind donation from West Music and has been featured in over 150 performances in the historic Senate Chamber.

September 9, 2018  Rising Stars Showcase
October 7, 2018  Uriel Tsachor and studio
November 4, 2018  MTNA Winners

February 3, 2019  Ksneia Nosikova and studio

March 3,  2019  Réne Lecuona and studio
April 7, 2019  Iowa Chapter of American Liszt Society Collaborative Program with Guest Artist Eva Polgareva (Hungary)

All concerts begin at 1:30pm

This series is free to attend and open to the public. Seating is limited so please arrive early. For questions regarding the Piano Sundays series, please call Kathrine Moermond at 319-335-0546.

Read on the Rug

Read on the Rug series logo

Bring your toddler to enjoy a story and related activities at the Pentacrest Museums! Recommended for ages, children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

Cost is free, space is limited to ten and registration is required.  Please pre-register by by emailing or clicking the registration link for an individual program.

Read on the Rug typically alternates between the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History.  Check individual program listings for each month's location.