Creepy Campus Crawl

Creepy Campus Crawl

Each year Old Capitol teams up with the UI Museum of Natural History and the UI Department of Geoscience to present a ghoulishy fun, safe, and educational Halloween extravaganza.  Students from the University of Iowa help to bring buildings alive with special costumes, tours, activities, plays and more. 

History Club

History Club

Each month we will explore a different period of history through discussions and hands-on activities. This club is designed for those in 5th – 8th grade. Registration and a program fee are required.

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.

Movies Under the Dome

Movies Under the Dome

Join us for a variety of free film showings, based on the themes of our current temporary exhibits.

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

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Featuring the University of Iowa's amazing talent in a unique and inspiring setting, Piano Sundays present the finest of students in addition to the noted School of Music Piano Area faculty.  Supported by West Music and the University of Iowa School of Music.

Read on the Rug

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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.