Brunnier Art Museum

About the Brunnier Art Museum

The Brunnier Art Museum is the state's only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the nation's few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Iowa State alumnus Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. The decorative arts collection they donated, the Brunnier Collection, is extensive, consisting of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals.

Other fine and decorative art objects that form the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture. About eight to twelve annual changing exhibitions and permanent collection exhibitions provide educational opportunities for all ages -- from learning the history of a quilt hand-stitched over 100 years ago to discovering how scientists analyze the physical properties of artists' materials, such as glass or stone. Lectures, receptions, conferences, university classes, panel discussions, gallery walks, and gallery talks are presented to assist with further interpretation of objects.


The Brunnier Art Museum is located on the second floor of the Scheman Building.  The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.


Tuesday through Friday 11am – 4pm*
Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm*

The Brunnier Art Museum is closed on Mondays and all University holidays.  See the homepage for future closures. Please contact our office with any further questions regarding admission or museum hours: 515-294-3342.


In addition to regular programs, the Brunnier Art Museum offers free, guided tours every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

To arrange a tour of the Brunnier Art Museum, please download the University Museums Tour Request Form Word and submit or email to Dave Faux

Location and Driving Directions:

The Brunnier Art Museum is located at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

If approaching Ames on Interstate 35 from the north or south, take exit 111B labeled Highway 30 West. From westbound or eastbound Highway 30 take the University Blvd. (formerly Elwood Dr.) exit and turn north. University Blvd. (Elwood Drive) will pass on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium and Iowa State Center parking lots. Turn left on Center Drive just south of Hilton Coliseum. Follow the signs to the Scheman Building. The Brunnier Art Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Scheman Building.


There is free parking available on the north and south side of the Scheman Building. Handicap parking and access is available on the north side of the building.

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