Galleries Closure Alert

The galleries will be temporarily closed for two weeks for reinstallation and routine building maintenance starting ThursdayJuly 11, 2024, and will reopen on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Visitors can still access the lobby during this time. The artist, Jiha Moon, will be working on an installation in the lobby during this period. Learn more

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

Two students thoughtfully viewing artwork


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

A group of three university students look at a large African mask


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. 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 5 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

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To My Friends at Horn: Keith Haring and Iowa City

May 4, 2024 - January 7, 2025

Inaugurated on Keith Haring’s (1958–1990) birthday, this exhibition celebrates the revolutionary graffiti artist's ties to Iowa City. It also honors the many individuals who shaped his visits to Iowa City during the 1980s. The 1989 mural Haring painted for Ernest Horn Elementary School, which is on loan to the Stanley Museum of Art during the school’s renovation, anchors the exhibition and is accompanied by other works of art, photographs, and archival ephemera.

Print "Copyist at the Metropolitan" by John Sloan

A Year in Print

March 1, 2024 - December 2024

This exhibition will feature Twelve Prints by Contemporary American Artists, a portfolio recently gifted to the Stanley by collectors Alan and Ann January. 

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.


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 is 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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Art & Write Night

Friday, August 2, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Sunday With the Docents | Art of Medicine

Sunday, August 4, 2024 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us at the Stanley Museum of Art on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. for our Sundays with the Docents tour where Stanley docents create unique tours to share with our audiences throughout the year. The Art of Medicine will be led by Docent Ellen Link. Ellen is a graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and was a faculty member in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics for over 25 years. She is now an Emeritus Faculty who holds a passion for art and art museums, and has developed an...
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Dance Party with My Friends

Thursday, August 8, 2024 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Embrace the vibrancy and energy of Keith Haring's color and line at this 80s-theme dance party! Join us in Gibson Square Park to start your weekend early with music and a food truck. Please note that this event is weather permitting only, and it will be canceled in the event of rain or high winds.
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