Visitors are welcome at the OSA. We are happy to show our labs and library to anyone who wishes to visit, but we must emphasize that as a working archaeological research facility, we unfortunately have limited displays and educational resources for the public and groups. During a tour, visitors can expect to walk through our offices and labs, view some of our comparative collections, and look inside the repository. A walk-through tour takes about 45 minutes per group. A visit for a class of 30 would take about 1.5 hours.
Our building and its corridors are small, and we strongly encourage group sizes no larger than 15 people so that everyone can follow along and listen quietly without disturbing other archaeologists at work. With school classrooms, we will split the students into two groups, where one tours and the other places traditional toys and games outside, as weather and space permits. Because of the extra staff needed to facilitate these tours, we ask for a $20 per hour contribution per classroom to cover unfunded staff time, and these tours must be scheduled in advance.
If your classroom is more than 30 students, we strongly recommend scheduling a tour and visiting Iowa Hall at the UI Museum of Natural History in lieu of visiting our facilities. The archaeological objects on display in Iowa Hall are on loan from the OSA, and we appreciate the wonderful displays and space to show off some of our collections!
Normal hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday year-round. The OSA is closed on University holidays.
The Clinton Street Building is at 700 South Clinton St. in Iowa City 10-15 minute walk south of the Old Capitol and Pentacrest (see map). We share a building with KRUI/Iowa Public Radio, but have separate entrances. Find the entrance to the OSA at the northeast corner of the building.
Metered parking is available at the building. Bus parking is very limited. Our staff parking lot is typically full, and we cannot promise available space for buses.
All tours can be scheduled for any time of year. However, keep in mind that only about 15 can tour the inside facilities at a time while the other half plays games outdoors, weather depending.