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. More info on the homepage or social media for future closures or weather-related closings. Please contact the University Museums office with any further questions regarding admission or museum hours: 515-294-3342.

*2016-17 Holiday Closings
Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 21-25, 2016) the Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum are closed.
 Winter Break (Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 9, 2017) the Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum are closed.
Jan. 16, 2017 the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum and University Museums’ office are closed for University holiday.

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

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is located at 1017 and 0003 Morrill Hall at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. MAP

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. exit and turn north. University Blvd. will pass on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium and Iowa State Center parking lots.

For Handicap/Mobility Impaired Access: Cross over Lincoln Way and continue around on University Blvd. Turn left on Wallace Road and then right on Osborn Drive. Approach the gate (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.

All other visitors please see Parking below.

There is paid ramp parking at the Memorial Union Ramp (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall). Entrances are from the south off of Lincoln Way and from the North off of Union Drive. There is paid parking at the Armory – Lot 21 (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall). The East Campus Parking Deck is located on Wallace Road where it intersects Union Drive near Forker Building. There are also meters in several of the lots on campus. Please read the signs and time limits on the meters carefully. Map of parking lots