Museum Closure Alert

The Stanley Museum of Art will be temporarily closed for two weeks for reinstallation and routine building maintenance starting Thursday, July 11, 2024. We will reopen our doors to the public on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, follow us on social media or visit our website for the latest art news and updates.

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

Plan Your Visit
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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.                                                                            

Learn More
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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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First Stop at the Stanley

Friday, June 7, 2024 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
The Iowa City Gallery Walk is back this summer and once again begins at the Stanley! Kick start the Gallery Walk at the Stanley Museum of Art and experience the newest Keith Haring exhibition! Enjoy snacks, a cash bar, and music performed by Melanie Landsittel in the lobby. To My Friends at Horn: Keith Haring and Iowa City celebrates Keith Haring's legacy and honors the many individuals who shaped his visits to Iowa City during the 1980s. It features the mural Haring painted in 1989 for Ernest...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, June 7, 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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Iowa Arts Festival | Art Making with the Stanley Museum of Art

Sunday, June 9, 2024 11:00am to 3:00pm
Pedestrian Mall, Downtown Iowa City
The Stanley Museum of Art will be at the 2024 Iowa Arts Festival! Stop by our stall on Sunday, June 9 for a day of family-friendly art-making activities and learn more about what the Stanley has to offer!  The Iowa Arts Festival is an award-winning, weekend-long community celebration and Iowa City tradition that celebrated 40 years in 2023. The event features over 100 local, regional and national visual artists in the Art Fair, and on Saturday and Sunday, we feature youth artists ages 16-25 in...
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