Christian Petersen Art Museum

After renovation was completed in 2007, Morrill Hall became the home of the Christian Petersen Art Museum. The museum is named after the nation’s first permanent campus artist-in-residence, Christian Petersen, who sculpted and taught at Iowa State University from 1934 through 1955 and is considered the founder of the Art on Campus Collection. University Museums strives to preserve his legacy and continue his tradition of art on the Iowa State University campus through exhibitions and educational programs. Although the Christian Petersen Art Museum stores and displays the works of art by Christian Petersen, the collection and exhibition schedule also includes works of contemporary art.

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is the home of the Christian Petersen Art Collection, the Art on Campus Program, the University Museums’ Visual Literacy and Learning Program, and contemporary changing art exhibitions.  Located within the building are galleries and rooms used for exhibitions, storage, and educational purposes. The two main art galleries are the Lyle and Nancy Campbell Art Gallery on the main floor and the Roy and Bobbi Reiman Public Art Studio Gallery on the lower level of Morrill Hall. In addition to these galleries, there are also changing exhibitions and permanent art located throughout the hallways of Morrill Hall.

Also located within Morrill Hall is the Mary Alice Gallery (Textile and Clothing Museum). Click here, for more information about tours and exhibitions in the Textiles and Clothing Museum and the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management.


The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.


Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is closed on weekends unless otherwise noted on the program schedule, all University holidays and University breaks. See the homepage for future closures. Please contact our office with any further questions regarding admission and/or museum hours: 515.294.3342.


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

Location and Driving Directions:

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is located at 1017 and 0003 Morrill Hall 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. will pass on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium and Iowa State Center parking lots. Cross over Lincoln Way and continue around on University Blvd. Turn left on Wallace Road and then right on Osborn Drive. Approach the gate (1st cement pillar) and press the button on the call box; announce you are a museum visitor. Continue west on Osborn Drive, turn left on Morrill Road. Morrill Hall is the three story red brick building directly in front of you.


There is some paid meter parking on Morrill Road. There is paid ramp parking at the Memorial Union Ramp (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall). There is paid parking at the Armory (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall).(please see the campus map by clicking here)


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