Arts and attractions

Fountain of the Four Seasons

Fountain of the Four Seasons sculpture by Christian Petersen.

Exhibits Calendar

Anderson Sculpture Garden | contact

South of Morrill Hall, free

Brunnier Art Museum | contact

Scheman Building, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $3 suggested donation

  • Closed for renovations through summer 2019

    Christian Petersen Art Museum | contact

    Morrill Hall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, $3 suggested donation

    • "UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage," features contemporary sculpture of ISU alumni Mohamad Hafez, Sept. 4 through Oct. 19.
    • Lecture: "Telling Your Story," Mani Mina, associate professor in industrial design, Sept. 21, noon.
    • Lecture: "War, the Refugee Crisis, and the Global Response," Nell Gabiam, associate professor  in world languages and cultures and political science, Sept. 28, 4 p.m."
    • Lecture: "Developing Empathy: The Refugee Experience," Richardson Bruna, associate professor in education, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
    • Refugee Stories at Iowa State, Oct. 11, 4 p.m.
    • "The People's College: The Morrill Act and Iowa State," ongoing
    • "Commissioning a Collection: 75 Years of Public Art," ongoing

    Design on Main Gallery | contact

    203 Main St., 2-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

    Farm House Museum | contact

    Central campus, Noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, $3 suggested donation

    • "In Focus: Daguerreotypes, Tintypes and Photographs from the Farm House Museum Collection," displays the Farm House Mueseum's collection of early photography, through Oct. 31

    Gallery 181 | 515-294-7428

    College of Design, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, free

      Parks Library | contact

      Special Collections and University Archives, 403 Parks Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, free

      • "Activist Agriculture: Farm Protest in Iowa, 1929-1969" chronicles the struggle of the Midwest farmer to make a living during the 20th century, July 18 through January 2019
      • Online exhibits:

      Memorial Union | contact

      Gallery, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Development Potential," features works by Thomas Agran in response to razing of the Scanlon Farmstead, through Oct. 8

      Pioneer Room, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Manibus and the Vestige of Movement," works of robotic painting by Amenda Tate, through Sept. 11, 2018

      Multicultural Center, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Sunday, free

      Reiman Gardens | contact

      9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, $8 (youth $4, free for members)

      Hughes Conservatory

      • "Fall Floral Frenzy," a flurry of color created to celebrate autumn, the science behind seasonal plant changes and Iowa State University spirit, through Nov. 11

        Textiles and Clothing Museum, Mary Alice Gallery | contact

        1015 Morrill Hall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, free

        • “What’s New? Recent Acquisitions to the Textiles and Clothing Museum Collection,” 43 garments, publications and tools are a sampling of the 388 objects added to the collection since January 2014, Aug. 20 through Oct. 12
          Reiman Gardens

          Reiman Gardens

          Campus attractions


          Best public rose garden

          Iowa State's Reiman Gardens has been named the best public rose garden in the U.S.

          Most beautiful campus

          Iowa State's campus includes over 600 public works of art and was rated as one of America's 25 most beautiful in the book, The Campus as a Work of Art.


          The 10-bell carillon chime installed in the Campanile in 1899 was the first scientifically tuned bell chime outside of England; the carillon has 50 bells today.

          Building of the 20th Century

          Iowa State's Stephens Auditorium was named Iowa's "Building of the 20th Century" by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Iowa Chapter.

          Most Grant Wood murals

          Iowa State has the largest Grant Wood murals in the nation, including two WPA projects located in Parks Library -- "Breaking the Sod" and "When Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow."

          Seamless curtain

          The main stage curtain in Stephens Auditorium is seamless, made entirely of silk, measures 85 by 35 feet and weighs 3,000 pounds. It was woven in Kyoto, Japan, on the world's largest continuous loom.

          Accredited museum

          The University Museums at Iowa State is one of only 10 percent of museums in the nation to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

          Medallion site

          Iowa State's central campus was one of only three university campuses to make the American Society of Landscape Architect's 1999 centennial listing of "Medallion Sites."

          Most Christian Petersen sculptures

          Iowa State holds the nation's largest campus public collection of sculptures by Christian Petersen, who was artist-in-residence from 1934 to 1955.

          Online art tour

          You can take a virtual look at some campus art with University Museums' Digital Art on Campus project.