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Revised, August 24, 2020

University Museums' are now open

University Museums at Iowa State three campus locations are now open to the public including the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building, the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall, and the Farm House Museum on central campus. In tandem with ISU’s fall semester classes, museum locations have modified modified hours and experiences. The focus will be on keeping the museum spaces cleaned and sanitized, keeping our visitors and staff healthy, and to continue providing a place for creative interactions in the arts, science and technology.

All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks as directed by ISU guidelines.

  • Physical distancing of 6 feet or more between yourself, other guests and staff is requested in all museum spaces.

  • Keep the health of all guests in mind. Please thoroughly wash your hands right before and after your visit.

  • Comprehensive (and consistent) cleaning procedures are in place, so you can enjoy your visit.

  • Please monitor signage at each facility as part of the overall “Cyclones Care” initiative.



Know Before You Go - Change to Public Hours

All three locations are currently at 50% occupancy, as permitted by ISU guidelines. To keep our guests and staff healthy, we have temporarily altered select museum hours and experiences. Public hours have temporarily changed at some facilities to allow for designated and reserved ISU class tour times - see specifics for each museum below.


Brunnier Art Museum

2nd Floor of the Scheman Building, 1805 Center Drive, Ames
The Brunnier Art Museum will have directional signage to control the flow of traffic, high touchpoints will be cleaned frequently and hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance of the museum. The reception desk will be separated from visitors by a Plexiglass partition.

Brunnier Art Museum Hours:

Wednesday - Friday open to the public 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday open to the public 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday - Tuesday open by appointment only to groups larger than 5 persons. Click here to request an appointment or tour.


Christian Petersen Art Museum

1017 and 0003 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames
Both galleries of the Christian Petersen Art Museum will have hand sanitizers available and exhibition artwork is spaced to allow for ample physical distancing and traffic flow.

Campbell Gallery Hours: (first floor - 1017):

Wednesday - Friday open to the public 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday - Tuesday open by appointment only to groups larger than 5 persons. Click here to request an appointment or tour. Closed weekends, holidays and university breaks.

Reiman Gallery Hours: (lower level - 0003)

 September 14 to October 9 and October 26 to November 20
 Monday - Friday open to the public Noon to 4:00 PM
 Mondays and Tuesdays available for group appointments from 8:00 AM to Noon. Click here to request an appointment or tour. Closed weekends, holidays and university breaks.

Petersen Gallery: (lower level - 003 hallway)

Accessible during Morrill Hall open hours


Farm House Museum

601 Farm House Lane, Ames
The Farm House Museum will be limiting visitors to the first floor only with a maximum of 22 visitors at a time. Hand sanitizers will be available and student staff giving tours will be wearing masks at all times. In addition, the bathroom will be restricted to staff use only.

Farm House Museum Hours:

Monday - Friday open to the public Noon to 4:00 PM
Closed weekends, holidays and university breaks.


Programs / Events

Similar to ISU classes, University Museums will be offering a hybrid schedule of educational programs through December 2020. Many programs will be available virtually through our YouTube page, and released on a scheduled day. These programs can be watched at any time after they are posted. The event listing will note VIRTUAL PROGRAM. In addition, some programs will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page at a specific time and then later uploaded to YouTube; check the online calendar or Facebook events.

In-person programs will be limited to 10 people, unless otherwise noted. Attendees must pre-register via the online calendar system. Registration spots are first come, first served; a waiting list will be in place if spaces become available. This attendance cap will be reevaluated throughout the semester to respond to current safety measures.

Masks are required for all program attendees per Iowa State University policy. Seating will be placed 6 feet apart and we kindly ask that all attendees respect physical distancing. Chairs will be cleaned both before and after the program. Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance to each museum. Many in-person programs will be recorded to allow those who are unable to attend to participate online at a later date.

Programs are free and open to the public. For any changes to events or weather cancellation, go to the website, social media outlets, or call the University Museums office at 515-294-3342.

FAQ: Register and Attending Programs


University Museums cannot guarantee an environment free of the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Visiting University Museums includes possible exposure to and serious illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. Visit at your own risk. University Museums does recognize the possibility of a second outbreak and that things may change. The University Museums and ISU emergency teams will monitor this closely and facilities may have to close again. University Museums may make very quick decisions on shutdowns or cancellations due to capacity concerns, health precautions, staffing and occupancy-related considerations.


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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