Mobile Museum 2017 Call for Participation

2017 Call or Participation

On behalf of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED), the Pentacrest Museums and Office of the State Archaeologist invite UI departments to participate in the development of exhibits for the 2017 UI Mobile Museum.  The Mobile Museum, which is sponsored by OVPRED, is a custom-built 38-foot RV.  The specific intent of the Mobile Museum is to showcase UI’s research and creativity statewide, enhancing the appreciation of all Iowans for the work of the university’s faculty, staff, and students.  It travels throughout Iowa for outreach and education events; venues include the Iowa State Fair, RAGBRAI, county fairs, and school and library presentations, among many others. Since launching in 2014, the Mobile Museum has reached over 74,000 visitors in 58 counties in Iowa, and these numbers continue to grow.  This project highlights important research that affects people all across the state of Iowa in an engaging, high-impact manner.  It also provides an excellent mechanism for faculty and staff to expand the broader impacts of their research and creative projects.

The Mobile Museum team seeks a combination of compelling exhibits from across the humanities, arts, and sciences at the University of Iowa.  The museum includes two distinct kinds of exhibits: object-based physical exhibits and digital exhibits presented on 46-inch touchscreens.  The three physical exhibits are replaced each winter, with each new set displayed for an entire summer season.  Applications not accepted for one the three physical exhibits may be considered for the development of a digital exhibit.  In some cases, it may be possible to add or enhance digital exhibits after the beginning of the travel season, and some digital content may be displayed for more than one year. 

Departments, faculty, or staff interested in exhibiting in the Mobile Museum should submit a proposal using the webform at All proposals are due by July 31.

To learn more about the proposal process visit