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Brunnier Art Museum


The Brunnier Art Museum is truly one of a kind. It is the only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection in the state of Iowa and one of the nation's few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. See ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals in the Brunnier Collection! 

The University Art Collection includes prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture. The regularly-changing exhibitions, from the permanent collection or a visiting collection, provide educational opportunities for all ages. Lectures, receptions, conferences, university classes, panel discussions, and gallery walks are available to further the interpretation of these fine objects.

Click here for current exhibitions.


The cost is free, with a suggested donation of $8. 


Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed to the public Mondays. ISU curriculum tours may be scheduled on Mondays with a 2-week notice.

Closed University Holidays

Delayed opening Thursday, December 7, 2023 for a staff meeting. Open hours 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Winter Break Hours 2023–2024

OPEN Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 16 & 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Closed Monday, Dec. 18 – Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 to change exhibitions

OPEN Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 with regular hours and new exhibitions


The main entrance to the Scheman Building (north side) is accessible for those with mobility aids. There are accessible parking spaces directly in front of the building, one set of doors has a wave-to-open sensor, and there are elevators inside.


Scheman Building, Second Floor
1805 Center Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011

Free parking available on site. 

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