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“Free, nice for this size town.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History
Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore our world at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History- Iowa’s gateway to the global environment for over 150 years. Walk through 500 million years of our natural and cultural heritage, culminating in the landscape we see today and how it affects the story of agriculture. Discover the adaptation and diversity of birds and mammals around the planet.
Iowa City, Iowa
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Free, nice for this size town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Don't skip the Hall of Mammals and Hall of Birds upstairs. This museum probably isn't much compared to ones in Chicago or New York, but is great for Iowa. I am a local and have taken the kids there several times and will likely go back several more.

Visited December 2011
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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Educational and Fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

We've taken our kids here several times and it is always fun. The displays are captivating and there's enough to hold the interest of young children through adults of all ages.

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Iowa City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A little gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

In MacBride Hall. Check out the huge glass enclosed Aviary/Nature display.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Boring, Boring, Boring”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

If you are a local-great. Something to do in Iowa City. But if you are a travelling from any city (bigger or smaller) I would not suggest going here. I went with my two kids (both history majors) and my husband to the Museum of Natural History, because we had heard all about it, and had not tried it being in Iowa City for 10 years. Not only did I think it was boring, my kids and husband were anxious to leave. There was no diversity of exhibits (It was all extinct animals and 'Louis and Clark' type of stuff), and the replicas were poorly made. Not coming back...

Visited July 2011
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Nice displays depicting the wildlife extant and extinct.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

Park in a parking building, walk to the Old Capital and discover the history of the Iowa legislature, nicely depicted, then visit the Museum of Natural History, have lunch downtown.

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