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Our beautiful building is a cultural and social center where you can explore, unwind, meet, and create. Everyone is welcome.

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Spark your curiosity with something new or stop by and see your old favorites.                                                                                                                                  

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The world-class art collection provides exciting opportunities for teaching, learning, and research.                                                                            

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There’s always something exciting going on at your art museum. Read the latest news and find out what’s coming up on the calendar.

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.​​​​​​​
Saturday: 10 a.m.–​​​​​​​4:30 p.m.​​​​​​​
Sunday: 12:00–4:30 p.m.

Admission to the museum will end 15 minutes before closing.

Office Hours

Monday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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August 26, 2022–July 2025

The Stanley's inaugural exhibition, Homecoming,  reintroduces visitors to the museum's extraordinary collection. Homecoming comprises a series of related installations: “Generations,” which will foreground the University of Iowa’s history of innovative arts education and scholarship; “Fragments of the Canon,” featuring African art collected by a Black Iowan, Meredith Saunders; and “History Is Always Now,” in which the Stanley’s celebrated collection of African art will be displayed in a new way that emphasizes movement and cultural exchange through time and across space.

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The Building

Nestled between the Main Library and Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the west side of Gibson Square Park, the new Stanley Museum of Art will be a hub of learning and research for the University of Iowa and the state. The three-story, state-of-the-art building, designed by BNIM of Des Moines, Iowa, includes a range of flexible spaces for research, education, and exhibitions, and is ideally suited to serve as a center for interdisciplinary teaching, discovery, and community building.

Upcoming Events

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Practice Meditation in the Museum

Thursday, September 29, 2022 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us in the Visual Classroom with Student Wellness to experience a guided meditation and brief discussion led by Koru Mindfulness teachers. No prior experience is necessary. Open to all. Please remember, food and beverages must remain in the cloakroom on the first floor. Find more information about mindfulness at UI:  
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Mindfulness in the Museum

Friday, September 30, 2022 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
We welcome students to the museum from 2:30 to 4 p.m. each Friday to relax, sketch, read, meditate, and practice mindfulness. Unwind from the week and enter the weekend refreshed! Handouts from Student Wellness and Art Therapist Dana Keeton are available at the welcome desk. We invite visitors to do the exercises in the Visual Classroom to de-stress and ease themselves into the weekend.
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Happy Birthday, Lil Picard

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
On the anniversary of Lil Picard’s birthday (October 4th), the Stanley Museum of Art and University of Iowa Special Collections & Archives will display materials from the artist’s archive in an “open house” style. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the event to learn about Lil Picard’s life, see examples of her work—as well as manuscript records from her archive—and partake in birthday treats. Lil Picard is a prime example of how the collections in the museum and the collections...
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