Gallery reinstallation is complete. Hundreds of new artworks now on view!

Always free and open to all.

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Visit

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

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Explore

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

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Discover

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

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Connect

There’s always something exciting going on at your art museum. 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 building will end 15 minutes before gallery 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

Text reading "Coming Home Coming Home" side by side with the left part of a large abstract painting with swirls of yellow, pink, teal, and light greenish blue, amid longer, vertical, curved black lines that have a quality of dance-like movement.

Homecoming

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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Alex Kelsh Trio at the Stanley

Sunday, January 29, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us in the museum lobby to enjoy the smooth sounds of Alexander Kelsh–saxophone, Askar Khaetov–bass, and James Dreier–drums. Seating provided on a first come, first served basis.
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WorldCanvass: Stanley Museum of Art

Thursday, February 2, 2023 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us for WorldCanvass on February 2 at the UI Stanley Museum of Art as we talk about the museum’s new home and new vision.
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Chill & Create

Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This unique and hands-on program integrates art viewing, art making and mindfulness strategies to provide students with tools to de-stress, manage anxiety, and develop wellness practices. During the 2-hour workshop, participants will learn new ways to improve well-being, while benefiting from the positive effects of viewing and making art. No prior art-making experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Dana Keeton, a local board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health...
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