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University Museums is foremost an educational resource for Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff. The University Museums staff works side by side with departments, faculty members, and student groups to provide an environment that promotes visual literacy through physical and intellectual access to the collection. Our programs are tailored to the diversity of our university and address an audience comprised of students, academics, alumni, and community members. 

Only 3–5 percent of University Museums’ approximately 40,000-object collection is on view at any given time in museums or in Art on Campus Collection. However, faculty, researchers, and students can search our online database or consult with University Museum staff to find other works of art currently in storage that may be of interest for teaching, class visits or individual study.

For support with connecting the University Museums collections to your teaching or to schedule an appointment to see objects currently in storage, contact Lilah Anderson at 515-294-3342 or 

Schedule a Class Visit

Museum staff can help you prepare for a class visit by suggesting relevant artworks or by helping to shape object-based assignments. Education staff are available to provide tours and guide student learning by encouraging discussion and providing background information on objects in the exhibitions and collections that are relevant to your course content.

Schedule a Tour

Museum Space

University faculty and staff are invited to use University Museums exhibitions and collections for teaching purposes. University Museums welcomes all educators to hold their classes at the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum or the Farm House Museum. Depending on the current exhibitions, the museums can facilitate 25-100 visitors. Two weeks’ notice is preferred to schedule space in the museums. Please contact Lilah Anderson at 515-294-3342 or for more information.

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