Frequently Asked Questions
We are situated on the site of the current surface parking lot that is close to the corner of Burlington and Front Streets, adjacent to Gibson Square Park and between the University of Iowa Main Library and the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
BNIM, of Des Moines, is the architectural firm working on the project. This firm has experience in the museum industry and also has worked on other UI projects, including the Visual Arts Building, a project on which they collaborated with renowned architect Steven Holl. Rod Kruse is the lead BNIM architect on the project. Russell Construction Company, of Davenport, Iowa, is the firm that is building the facility.
Our reimagined home is a 60,000-square-foot space, with more than 16,500 square feet of exhibition space and 2,200 square feet of outdoor gallery space.
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place in June 2019, and construction began in August 2019. Construction will wrap up in winter 2021, and the museum will open in 2022.
Our new museum facility features underground parking on site.
The project’s estimated cost is $50 million, which is funded through a combination of private support and University of Iowa facility corporation bonds.
Our building will exceed the mark for the 500-year flood plain by four feet.
Yes, our admission will remain free.
Yes, the collection storage area in the new building will allow us to accommodate all of our collections.
All of our galleries will showcase collection highlights.
Yes. It will be on display in one of the second-floor galleries.
We have a goal of $25 million for the building project, and as of fall 2019, we have raised more than $20 million.