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Christian Petersen Art Museum

The Christian Petersen Art Museum was opened in a renovated Morrill Hall in 2007. The museum is named after the nation’s first permanent campus artist-in-residence, Christian Petersen, who sculpted and taught at Iowa State University from 1934 through 1955, and is considered the founder of the Art on Campus Collection. University Museums strives to preserve his legacy and continue his tradition of art on the Iowa State University campus through exhibitions and educational programs. The Christian Petersen Art Museum exhibits works of art by Christian Petersen in addition to a rotating schedule of exhibitions that includes contemporary art, public art, and exhibitions that engage a diverse group of departments across campus.

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is the home of the Christian Petersen Art Collection, the Art on Campus Program, the University Museums’ Visual Literacy and Learning Program, and contemporary changing art exhibitions. The two main art galleries are the Lyle and Nancy Campbell Art Gallery on the main floor and the Roy and Bobbi Reiman Public Art Studio Gallery on the lower level of Morrill Hall. 

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.

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)

Open periodically for short exhibitions. Click here for details.
Monday - Friday open to the public Noon to 4:00 PM
Mondays and Tuesdays available for group appointments from 8:00 AM to Noon
Closed weekends, holidays and university breaks.

Petersen Gallery: (lower level - 003 hallway; accessible during Morrill Hall open hours)

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


0003 and 1017 Morrill Hall
603 Morrill Road
Ames, Iowa 50011


Memorial Union Parking Ramp
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50011

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Also located within Morrill Hall is the Mary Alice Gallery - Textile and Clothing Museum.

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