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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 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

Holiday Hours

During the 2022–2023 fall and winter academic terms, the museum will be closed on the following dates:

  • November 24–27
  • December 24–27
  • December 31–January 1
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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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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 (Oct. 4), 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 in...
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Stanley Reads

Thursday, October 6, 2022 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This fall, Stanley Reads book group brings together two of the university's most celebrated arts organizations: The Iowa Writers Workshop and the Stanley Museum of Art. The club will meet three times over the fall semester to discuss The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, director of the UI Iowa Writers Workshop, and discuss how objects in the Homecoming exhibition connect to the themes presented in the book. Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. - led by Amanda Lensing Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. - led by...
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IBL Speaker Series - Brian Frye, "How to Do Things with NFTs"

Friday, October 7, 2022 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Boyd Law Building
This is part of the Iowa Innovation, Business, and Law Center's Fall 2022 Speaker Series, From Antiquities to Warhol: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Law.   Frye will explain why the art market is and always has been a market for securitized celebrity, and how the NFT market creates the potential for all celebrities to access this capital market. Brian L. Frye is the Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His scholarship focuses on intellectual...
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