UNI museum was established in the 1890s and is used for
educational purposes by a number of UNI departments. It
contains a wide variety of rare and unusual exhibits, including
items of historical, geological and anthropological interest.
Historical items include collections of weapons, coins,
utensils, clothing and agricultural implements. The collection
of pre-Columbian artifacts is extensive, and includes objects
from both Americas. Items of special interest, such as a
locally excavated mastodon tusk and items pertaining to
the history of the University, are also housed here.
The museum has
a full-time curator and is accredited by the American Association
of Museums. The collection is air conditioned and is cataloged
both at the Museum and at the University Library.
The Museum is open
to the public Monday through Friday year-round, except for
University holidays. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to
noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
On selected Sundays
during the fall and spring, the Museum sponsors special programs
for the public on a variety of topics. A schedule of these
programs is announced each semester.
School tours of
the Museum are encouraged. For more information, call the
office at 273-2188.