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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, however there is a suggested donation of $8. 


*Hours have been altered due to COVID-19. Click here to Know Before You Go.
Wednesday through Friday open to the public: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday open to the public: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday open by appointment only to groups larger than 5 persons. Click here to request an appointment or tour.

Please see the Calendar of Events for closings and holiday hours. 


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

Parking available on site. 


Image above courtesy of Alistair Tutton Photography and DLR Group.

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