The Museum Comes to You: The U of I Mobile Museum

DUBUQUE, IA – Just aboutName of Mobile Museum all of us have had the experience of going to a museum and seeing the exhibits. However, on Saturday, September 5, 2015, the museum came to us.


Visitors got a first-hand look at some of Iowa’s greatest treasures in the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum. Staffed by members of the university and brought to Dubuque by the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the 36-foot long trailer features the exhibits Over Here from Over There: Iowans in World War IIWater Underground: The Science of Iowa’s Most Essential Resource, and Hawkeyes in Space: Space Exploration at the University of Iowa.

Over Here from Over There

Visitors learned about these contributions from Iowa through interactive stations in a hands-on environment, which was perfect for all ages to enjoy.Hawkeyes in Space

Two visitors, Lily Coffman and Raeydah Ghnamiat, particularly enjoyed the exhibits. Miss Coffman said, “It was really interesting to be able to do all of the interactive things,” while Miss Ghnamiat said “It was very amazing, the creativity inside of it, and, ah, it really inspired me.” Everyone who attended seemed to enjoy the stations, and had positive things to say about the experience.

Water UndergroundFor those who are interested next year, you can suggest ideas for new exhibits. In addition, the Mobile Museum is entirely free of charge; if you want it to come to your next event, you can fill out a form requesting it. To fill out the form, suggest changes, and learn more about the Exhibit, you can go to the website at You could also contact J.C. Gillett, the permanent manager of the museum, at (319) 335-2898.

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Levi Bernhard is currently a senior student at Loras College. He originally hails from St. Benedict, a small town near Algona, Iowa. Levi is a reporter and crew member for LCTV News, and helps contribute stories to productions. A couple years ago, he worked as an intern at Kossuth Regional Health Center, recording and editing videos. This past January, he went on a travel January Term course to Greece, where he helped create a couple of short documentaries about the country. He enjoys being in media studies because he likes the concepts of telling stories to wide audiences, and working with a variety of technology. He is also in media studies because he has a dream of becoming a filmmaker.

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