Brucemore, Inc. – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
At Brucemore, tour the mansion, stroll the gardens, pack a picnic, and attend outdoor theatre. Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum and so much more.
At Brucemore, tour the magnificent 21-room mansion, stroll the gardens, pack a picnic, and attend outdoor theatre. Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum and so much more. As a community cultural center, Brucemore’s 26-acres are alive with concerts, festivals, performances, and activities.
Brucemore’s story is about hundreds of immigrants drawn to Cedar Rapids to work in the families’ businesses. It is about new technology and the expansion of railroads that brought an economic boom to the Midwest.
Over nearly a century, three wealthy families—industrialists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, boosters, and friends—made Brucemore their home.
Visitors explore the families and the periods in which they lived at Brucemore through an introductory video, photographs, artifacts, and home movies. The main exhibit, "The Families of Brucemore," provides an overview of the estate from its creation in 1884 to its beginnings as a National Trust Historic Site and community cultural center. Changing exhibits have focused on specific issues including the servants, the history of the Douglas family’s business, childhood during the early 1900s, and Brucemore’s recent history as a historic site. The two exhibits are open during Visitor Center hours, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for viewing the exhibits.
Hours: The Visitor Center is open year round, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. (February – December).
Mansion tours are given Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour. Reservations are not required for groups of 10 or fewer.
Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children between the ages of 6 and
18, and free to Brucemore members.
Location: 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
From I-380 take Exit 22 at 29th Street and follow Brucemore Historic Site signs. From downtown, travel three miles east on First Avenue to Crescent Street, turn right, travel two blocks, and turn left on Linden Drive. The entrance to Brucemore is on the left.
Phone: (319) 362-7375