The Old Capitol Museum is located at the heart of the University of Iowa campus on the Pentacrest. At the center of it all, with a big gold dome on top—you can't miss us! Use this section for help with navigation:
We are close to Iowa City, Coralville, and UI Cambus stops for many bus routes. You can find route information for all three bus systems through the Iowa City Area Transit Services website or the Transit App. The Downtown Interchange (stops 0001 and 0002) is half a block away, on the south side of the Pentacrest. The Macbride Hall (0120), Clinton & Iowa (1030), Clinton & Jefferson (7207), and Pappajohn Business Building (1021) stops are also less than a block away.
Bike racks are located nearby, north Macbride Hall and south of Schaeffer Hall on the Pentacrest. Our campus and community are extremely bike-friendly. We encourage guests to explore our biking culture and the many biking resources we have to offer in the area. Consider biking for your next visit to avoid parking in downtown Iowa City.
School buses can drop passengers in the commercial loading zone on Jefferson Street, on the northside of Macbride Hall (please note: Jefferson is a one-way street meaning guests will need to be traveling east on Jefferson to access the loading zone). Busses may remain in the loading zone as long as a driver remains with the bus. Unattended busses may be parked in the University's Hancher Auditorium parking lot (lot #55) in a parallel fashion, nearest Riverside Drive in the lot. Once there, the driver may stay with the bus or join the group by using one of the pedestrian bridges to access the eastside of campus. Contact our Visitor Services Coordinator if you have additional questions about bus loading, unloading, or parking.
Though we do not have our own parking lot, there are several parking options for guests arriving by car. There are many City of Iowa City or University of Iowa campus parking ramps in the area (see links below). Guests may use the university's Iowa Memorial Union parking ramp or the City of Iowa City's Capitol Street garage. Most on-street parking in downtown Iowa City is metered with limited times of 1-2 hours with an option to extend your meter once via Passport Parking Mobile. Metered street parking is a fine option for short visits. Free street parking is possible outside the central downtown area, but will require a walk. For additional parking information see the links below:
There is a passenger drop-off/pickup zone on Jefferson Street just north of Macbride Hall. Guests may drop passengers here for close access before going on to find parking. Please note: Jefferson is a one-way street meaning guests will need to be traveling east on Jefferson to access the loading zone. Contact our Visitor Services Coordinator if you have additional questions about passenger drop-off.
The Old Capitol Museum's accessible entrance is on the southside of the building. Take the ramp to the south door and ring the bell. A staff member will open the door for you as quickly as possible. Please allow for a few moments as they may be coming from a different floor to reach you.
Once inside the building, there is a centrally located elevator which can reach all 3 floors.
If you are needing any assistance, please feel free to stop by the main desk or contact our Visitor Services Coordinator in advance. Any of our staff would be happy to assist you.
Additionally, the Pentacrest Museums have permission to coordinate and facilitate special passenger drop-offs, closer to the building than the nearest designated passenger loading/unloading zone on Jefferson. This option is available to those who need it. Please contact our Visitor Services Coordinator ahead of time for more information and to make official arrangements.