Exhibits Now Showing

Long-term exhibits circulate through our two large eighth-floor gallery spaces and several smaller spaces located throughout the hospital.

A Century of Caring: Health Sciences at The University of Iowa, 1850-1950

This exhibition highlights the early history of University Hospitals and the four health science colleges–Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy–and shows how scientific innovations and institutional growth contributed to patient care.

Location: John W. Colloton Pavilion (JCP), Level 8, Elevator F

In the Pursuit of Healthy-ness

Med Museum Asset Index

A display of test tubes measure the fat content of unlikely foods.

In the Pursuit of Healthy-ness is a display for the patients, visitors, staff and faculty of the hospital to enjoy. The exhibit addresses major concerns with our society and its well-being today, providing useful information from how to prevent type 2 diabetes to ways to get children off the couch and exercising. Learn more about the gallery by browsing the four sections below, and don't forget to test your knowledge by taking our online quiz.

Location: John W. Colloton Pavilion (JCP), Level 8, Elevator F


How much do you know about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Take our quiz to find out.

At the Doctor’s

Medical professionals stress the importance of preventive health care for people of all ages, including adults 65 and older. Especially after age 65, older adults are at increased risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease. Read about the symptoms, risks, treatment, and prevention:

Where We Live and in the Home

The average American spends more than 90% of his or her time inside. Potential hazards in homes include biological and chemical pollutants, inadequate lighting, and poor physical design. These hazards can lead to everything from injury to asthma to cancer. But you can take steps to protect your family. Come to the exhibit to find many ways to keep your home healthy. Below, learn more about smoking and radon pollutants:

At the Park and in the School

Regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic exercise is good for you. This section of the gallery will show you how regular aerobic activity, such as walking, bicycling or swimming, can help you live longer and healthier. The exhibit has interactive stations set up to test your balance, flexibility, and strength training. We've included the benefits of the exercises here, but you'll have to take a trip to the exhibit if you want test yourself! Also take a look at the young visitors guide to help kids develop healthy exercise habits.

What We Eat

We've heard time and time again that obesity is a major problem with American society. Portion sizes have considerably grown in the past few decades, thus promoting unhealthy habits for our children. This section of the exhibit displays many comparisons of portion sizes and good and bad foods.

Treating War's Wounds: Innovations in Medicine from the Civil War

In many ways, the American Civil War pushed the boundary of what was technologically and socially possible during the latter part of the 19th Century. For example, the hypodermic syringe and needle had not been in wide use, and the formal inclusion of African Americans and women in war-time activities was uncommon in this country. A time of conflict and struggle, it was also a time of innovation and change.

This exhibit seeks to describe the scope and magnitude of medical burden the Civil War Surgeon faced, and to capture a sense of how he and others responded to such a need. Novel modes of treatment for battlefield wounds, widespread use of anesthetics, recruitment of female caregivers and a movement toward improved sanitation were among these responses.

Location: Roy J. Carver Pavilion (RCP), Level 6, Elevator G

The Black Soldier

Under what conditions did black soldiers work during the Civil War?

Private Driscoll

What did surgeons do when a bullet became lodged in a soldier's pelvic bone.

Dr. Mary Walker

Read about this surgeon's life in the Civil War.

Female Caregivers

How did women care for wounded soldiers?

Bullet Removal

How were bullets removed from wounds during the Civil War?

Disease and Amputation

What instruments were used in amputation?

Pain Management and Embalming

What was used to ease a soldier's pain?

The Wound Dresser

Read Walt Whitman's interpretation.

When the Spine Curves: Treatments for Scoliosis

Location: Roy J. Carver Pavilion (RCP), Level 6, Elevator G

The Iowa Child Welfare Research Station from Women Pioneering the Study of Child Development

From Women Pioneering the Study of Child Development

Location: Roy J. Carver Pavilion (RCP), Level 5, Elevator H

Homeopathy in Iowa

Location: Roy J. Carver Pavilion (RCP), Level 5, Elevator H