University of Iowa

Tours of Hancher Auditorium


Public Tours

The Hancher Guild offers public tours of Hancher occasionally on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Meet in the lobby prior to the tour's scheduled time. A Guild member will greet and guide you or your small group through Hancher's facilities. Reservations are not required for public tours; however, a group of ten or more people making plans to take a public tour should notify Hancher in advance. Contact information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Public tours on Wednesdays start at 10:15 & 11:15 am
October 31
December 12 & 19
The Hancher Showcase will be open too.

Public tours on Thursdays start at 5:15 & 6:15 pm
November 8
Stay for Thursday Nights at Hancher.

Family Weekend 2018
Friday, November 9, at 4:30 pm

The Hancher Guild will offer a public tour in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Family Weekend. The hour-long guided tour will start at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 9. Our visitors may park in the Hancher lot (Lot 55) for free during the tour. Gather in the main lobby where our tour guides will greet everyone and promptly begin a fascinating and beautiful tour of Hancher Auditorium.


Private Tours for Groups

A private tour for a group may be requested by contacting The minimum number in a group is ten people and the maximum number is 40. A larger group may be accommodated by separating into smaller groups, each touring Hancher simultaneously.

Private tours may occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours will not be given on weekends and university holidays.

An advance notice of at least ten business days is necessary to coordinate a tour. Please understand if a tour cannot be added to the Hancher calendar due to previously scheduled rehearsals, performances, educational programs, stage setup, receptions, building maintenance, and other daily and nightly activities.


Tour Information

All Hancher tours are free.

Your tour guide will be a volunteer from Hancher Guild and will greet you in the Smith Lobby, the starting point for all tours.

A tour takes approximately one hour and usually includes Smith Lobby, Strauss Rehearsal Hall, backstage, Hadley Stage, Hancher Auditorium, and Stanley Café.

Hancher was designed to be fully accessible to all members of the community.

A fun, interactive handout for youth is available upon request.

The minimum age recommended to enjoy our tours is eight years old.

Please do not bring beverages and food with you when visiting and touring Hancher.


For More Information: 

Tim Meier
(319) 335-1130