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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2004

UI Natural History Museum Announces New Public Hours

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has announced new public hours. Beginning Friday, Oct. 1, the UI Museum of Natural History will be closing at 3 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Mondays. To increase access to the public, the Museum will stay open later on weekends, until 5 p.m.

The Museum's new hours will be:

-- Monday: Closed

-- Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

-- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

-- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

According to museum coordinator David Brenzel, the university's continuing financial constraints are just one factor behind the cutback. "Museums are traditionally closed on Mondays all across the country in order to provide time for maintenance and repairs," Brenzel said. He added that another aim of the change is to bring into unison the hours of the Old Capitol when it reopens.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, founded in 1858, is the oldest nature museum west of the Mississippi River. The Museum features Iowa Hall, a 500-million-year walk through Iowa's geology, ecology and native cultures; a newly renovated bird gallery, Hageboeck Hall, with over 1,000 birds, and Mammal Hall, displaying nearly every order of mammals from aardvarks to zebras.

Call 319-335-0480 or visit the museum's web site at for more information or to make a reservation for a guided tour. 

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,