About Our Project Partners

Stanley Museum of Art

The Stanley Museum of Art aspires to transform lives by connecting the UI community, Iowans and the world with extraordinary works of art. Founded in 1969, the museum now holds one of the nation’s foremost university art collections, including artworks from around the world and in a range of media from paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to textiles, metalwork, and ceramics.

In 2022, the Stanley Museum of Art will open the doors of its new home—a sustainable, state of the art building designed by Rod Kruse of the Des Moines-based architectural firm BNIM.

Office of the State Archaeologist

Man standing in the collections repository at the Office of the State Archaeologist

Established in 1959, the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) serves a unique dual role in Iowa as both a designated research unit of The University of Iowa and as a state agency. OSA’s mission is to develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa’s human past through archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.

As the statutorily mandated repository for the State’s archaeological collections, OSA curates over four million objects from more than 12,000 of Iowa’s over 30,000 recorded sites. These objects include artifactual materials from Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, Late Prehistoric, and Historic Cultures, as well as related photographs, written records, and other research material.

OSA education and outreach staff are national leaders in archaeology and cultural heritage education who develop customized school and community programs, educational materials, and professional development workshops for Iowa teachers.

University of Iowa Libraries

A collection of tiny books in the palm of a hand

The University of Iowa Libraries, with seven campus libraries, are integrally connected with the academic, research, and creative endeavors on campus. Library staff work actively to boost student success, collaborate with faculty, and assist in classrooms across the university. Our librarians are subject specialists trained to serve as expert resources in a broad range of fields.

The University Libraries also serves the entire state of Iowa, providing assistance with a broad range of questions, lending materials, and serving as an advocate for libraries of all sizes in schools and towns across the state.  

Pentacrest Museums

A curator cleans a lion specimen at the UI Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums (UIPM) are made up of two museums found on the University’s iconic, central location: the Pentacrest. The UI Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum serve to enhance our institutional focus on cultural and environmental diversity, supporting the greater campus educational, research, arts, and engagement missions.

The UI Museum of Natural History inspires in visitors of all ages an understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, educational programs, and collections, as well as through linkages with UI research and activities. Collections include approximately 140,000 specimens, objects, and artifacts.

The Old Capitol Museum educates the university, local, and national communities on the continuing significance of the humanities. An invigorated and distinguished building, the Old Capitol serves as a center of culture and civic discourse for the State of Iowa, through public outreach initiatives, educational programming, exhibitions, and academic scholarship.

Under the administration of a team of UIPM specialists, the UI Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum strengthen the vital role of campus museums, collections, and archives with dedication to historic preservation, object-based learning, and access to experiential opportunity.