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University Museums' Response to COVID-19 

April 3, 2020

All museum locations remain closed until further notice.

Events have been now been canceled through May 31; this includes the additional events listed below:

  • Art Walk: Catherine Widgery - May 13

  • Family Sunday: Kimono Demonstration - May 17

  • Taste for the Exotic: Porcelain in the Permanent Collection - May 31

The situation remains fluid and changes will be noted here and our social media channels.

March 19, 2020

Due to the Governor's declaration of events with more than 10 people being canceled, all events through May 10 have been canceled. As of today, the museums are closed until further notice, however the situation remains fluid and changes will be noted here and our social media channels.

In addition to the list below (March 15 notice), the following events are also canceled: 

  • Gallery Chat: Dr. Chad Gasta - April 7

  • Artist Chat: Priscilla Sage - April 9

  • Gallery Chat: Dr. Tonglu Li - April 21

  • Art Walk: Earth Day - April 22

  • Family Sunday: Japanese Celebrations & Symbols - April 26

March 18, 2020

Starting immediately, and due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, University Museums will suspend gifts of objects to the permanent collection through July 2020. Museums staff will follow up on donation of objects requests in August and proceed in the fall of 2020 with deeds of gift for the 2020 tax season distributed by December 2020. You may still contact the director, Lynette Pohlman, via email at to discuss future object donations or estate plans.

Financial donations to University Museum are appreciated and are being processed. Give online through the ISU Foundation here.

March 15, 2020
All museum locations will be closed and programs canceled through April 5

The Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum will be closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5. 

All University Museum programs are canceled through at least April 5, as well as larger events scheduled in mid-April (see full list below). 

If you have registered for an upcoming event between now and April 5, you will receive an email notice regarding its cancellation at the email address provided on the registration form.

This is a fluid and evolving situation. Information will be communicated here and University Museums' social media channels.

List of canceled programs

  • Family Sunday: Manga Comics - Sunday, March 15 at the Brunnier Art Museum

  • Farm House MuseumOpen House Weekend - Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22

  • Farm House 160 Curator's Walk - Sunday, March 22

  • Go Beyond the Glass: The Sculpture of Dale Chihuly - Monday, March 23 at the Ames Public Library

  • Prints from the Floating World - Tuesday, March 24 at the Brunnier Art Museum

  • Art Walk: Mythology - Wednesday, March 25

  • reACT #WomenKnowStuffToo Gallery Talk with Ann Au - Thursday, March 26 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

  • reACT #WomenKnowStuffToo Gallery Talk with Ingid Lilligren - Monday, March 30 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

  • Gallery Chat with Beth Martin - Tuesday, March 31 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

  • Kado/The Way of the Flowers Event Series - April 16, 17 and 18 at the Brunnier Art Museum

    • Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration - Thursday, April 16

    • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception - Thursday, April 16

    • Midnight at the Museum - Friday, April 17

    • A Passion for Collecting Round Table - Saturday, April 18

For additional information:

Iowa State University's response to COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control Information

Iowa Department of Health Information

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