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Brunnier Art Museum

The Brunnier Art Museum is temporarily closed for renovations. 

Christian Peteresen Art Museum

Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-Century  

October 25, 2018 - April 13, 2019

The University Museum's winter-spring exhibition, Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century, is a joint effort between the Christian Petersen Art Museum and the adjoining Textiles and Clothing Museum in Morrill Hall. The exhibition will include decorative arts, artwork and fashions from both permanent collections, along with a few select loans. Artists and designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, Jens Risom, Russel Wright, Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Pricilla Sage, Anne Fogarty, Christian Dior,Paul Sachs,James Galanos, Bes-Ben, and many more.

The exhibition opens on October 25, 2018 and will run through April 13, 2019.  

"The exhibition, Designed for a Modern Life, is a wonderful opportunity for a unique collaboration between the Textiles and Clothing Museum and University Museums. While the galleries have been neighbors in the Morrill Building since the reopening in 2007, there have been too few occasions for us to open the doors between the spaces and display our collections within each other's galleries. As both collections have a great focus in the midcentury era, it was easy to create an exhibition that integrated themes and ideas that included many of the wonderful objects from both permanent collections."

Adrienne V. Gennett, Associate Curator of Collections and Education

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011

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

This exhibition is curated and organized by University Museums and the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University. Generous support for this exhibition was given by Rae Messer Reilly, Al and Ann Jennings, Clifford Smith, Julie and Len Rodman, Debra and Tom Johnson, and H. Dieter and Renate Dellmann.

Farm House Museum

Yuletide at the Farmhouse 

November 8 - December 14, 2018  

Celebrate the history and traditions of the holidays with University Museums, at Yuletide at the Farm House exhibition. The historic Farm House, campus' oldest building, will be trimmed and decorated for the 2018 holiday season. See the farmhouse filled with holiday cheer and enjoy the festive ambiance and historic atmosphere. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular hours (Monday-Friday, Noon to 4PM) November 8 through December 14, 2018.

Weekend Open House: December 8 and 9  |  1:00 to 4:00 pm.
All are welcome to attend our Open House on the second weekend of December. Join us for seasonal tours of the decorated home, refreshments, a craft for the kids and a visit from Santa Claus.


Special Exhibition - The Farm House Music Box Collection
This year's special exhibition will be the Farm House's collection of music boxes. Each of the thirteen boxes in the collection vary in the type of mechanics and play a variety of tunes. Before the popularity of phonographs in the early 20th century, music boxes were a focal point of a middle-class family home and would have likely been present during the time the Farm House served as living quarters. The music box collection was a generous gift to the permanent collection from Donald Lerew.


Yuletide at the Farm House 2018 decorations are generously supported by Carol Pletcher and feature permanent collection objects that were generously gifted by Donald Lerew, Margaret E. Sanders, John Pesek in memory of his wife Isabel Christian Pesek and donations in memory of Joan Kluge.

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