Exhibition Spotlight

Exhibition Spotlight program series

A program series dedicated to educational illumination of an aspect of current exhibits featured at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. A variety of webinars, interviews, panel discussions, special performances,  artist profiles, behind-the-scenes process examinations, and more, this series will take a closer look at the changing exhibits we offer. Check our calendar for currently scheduled events in this series and register today HERE or check back for future events.

Museum Weird

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Our latest student-researched and produced podcast, Museum Weird features University of Iowa Pentacrest Museum student employees turned hosts as they dive into all-things-museums. What can be displayed in a museum? What makes a museum a museum? What happens when unexplainable things happen after hours? There is a lot more to museums than the educational elements they provide. In this podcast series, Seth and Lea present first-hand accounts from the staff here at the Pentacrest Museums in Iowa City, Iowa, along with additional accounts from museum staff across the country. Join them in their attempt to spread their museum weird.

New episodes monthly. 


My Collections

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My Collections is an ongoing, collaborative, educational exhibition program inviting the community to participate in exhibiting their own personal collections at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. Collecting doesn't only happen in museums, but we're the perfect place to showcase your experience within this shared human proclivity: collecting

My Collections features two unique collectors and their personal collection each fall and spring semester.  New exhibits will be featured here for virtual public access and on display in the Museum of Natural History.

*To apply, please review the following: Participant FAQ

Old Capitol Roundtable

Old Capitol Round Table, photo by Justin Torner, University of Iowa, 2020

Join The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums Education team in virtual round table discussion on a variety of topics featuring a variety of special panelists from our campus and community. Sessions are free, topical, educational, and community building. Watch for upcoming dates and topics in our calendar and view session recordings via zoom of past events here: 

1. Old Captiol Roundtable: Winning the Women's Vote, 100 Years Later

Piano Sundays

Piano Sundays

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Running for 14 years, Piano Sundays returns for the 2020-21 season! The University of Iowa School of Music, in partnership with the Old Capitol Museum and West Music, is proud to host this annual tradition. Recorded in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chambers and performed on their historic rebuilt Steinway grand piano “Rose”, this is an incredible opportunity for the community to see and hear the university’s talented piano students and faculty.

<<Access concert broadcast here>>

Staff Picks

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Welcome to our new short-form video series: Staff Picks. In each episode, we'll feature a staff member and something they think is special in our museum collections. With two museums full of special things and amazing history, we hope to introduce you to the dedicated faces behind the museum and connect you with the cool stuff we preserve—some that you know and love, some you never knew we had. Series debut: Spring 2021. Stay tuned!

Virtual Game Night

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The Pentacrest Museums present our new Virtual Game Night series! Get out of your quarantine routine and indulge in your competitive spirit. From Bingo to a Murder Mystery and more, we'll mix it up to make your game night memorable—all from home. Join us! Invite your friends, co-workers, family, near and far. Each event in this series features new challenges, so be sure to sign up for more than one. Find currently scheduled events in this series on our calendar and register today HERE or check back soon for new dates.