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The University of Northern Iowa Museum strives to make its collection available to everyone. There are a variety of ways that patrons are able to interact with the museum. In addition to what is listed here, we can customize our materials to fit your educational needs. We welcome you to contact the museum to arrange a visit for yourself or your class.

Classroom Experience

Museum staff working with skeleton

The University of Northern Iowa Museum offers multiple classroom spaces to accommodate any type of group. For smaller classes, we provide space within the collections storage room where students will be given the chance to examine and handle objects first hand.  For larger groups, we have a large research room for a traditional lecture experience. The UNI Museum welcomes any faculty to work with our staff to plan this experience for their students.


Various museum objects on a shelf

The University of Northern Iowa Museum welcomes both student and public use of our collections. The facility has dedicated research stations at which objects may be examined and photographed. Our entire collection can be found on our online database and additional photographs and information can be acquire by contacting the curator. For more information about scheduling a visit please contact the museum office.

Marshall Center School

Wooden desks at the Marshall Center School

As part of the permanent collection, the UNIM maintains a 19th century Iowa rural school. Located just outside Schindler Hall, the school stands as it was used in the 1920’s. We welcome public visits and its use as an alternative classroom space for UNI faculty and local schools. If you would like to visit or are interested in bringing your class, please contact the museum office to set up a time.

Travelling Trunks

Teaching aids from inside a travelling trunk

Trunks are available to area educators at all levels, including classroom teachers, homeschoolers, day-care providers, Scout leaders, and after-school program leaders. Our trunks cover a variety of subjects and topics, ranging from science to cultural studies to local history. Contact the museum for a full list of trunks and to reserve one for your classroom.


Groups are welcome for self guided tours of our exhibits whenever the Rod Library is open. We are also available for docent led tours that can be customized to your group’s needs. Contact the museum office to schedule your trip today.