The University Museums exist to foster understanding and delight in the visual arts with a focus on the creative interactions in arts, sciences and technology. The University Museums nurture knowledge of and appreciation for the University's cultural heritage and its present cultural context. The University Museums serve the Iowa State University community and the public as an educational and cultural resource.
Collect, preserve and interpret objects of aesthetic and cultural value.
Exhibit and disseminate knowledge of Museums and borrowed collections through a variety of programs that stimulate and challenge diverse audiences.
Create vital partnerships within Iowa State University to enhance higher education by exploring creative interactions in arts, sciences and technology.
Create public partnerships to foster integration of the arts and cultural heritage as a central part of peoples' lives.