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Address: 716 Oakland Rd NE, Ste 103, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone Number:
+1 319-362-1501
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

The History Center is currently in the process of restoring and renovating...

The History Center is currently in the process of restoring and renovating the Douglas Mansion on 2nd Ave for our move there in Spring of 2018. Our administrative offices are currently located on Oakland road, but please note that there are no exhibits at this location. To see a History Center exhibit, please visit the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library to see our current exhibit The Old Ball Game. You can learn more about our upcoming move and our current programs at our website.

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Cedar Rapids is certainly fortunate to have the History Center. Its collections of Cedar Rapids artifacts and excellent staff make research easy. The displays will certainly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 March 2015
Randy L
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

Cedar Rapids is certainly fortunate to have the History Center. Its collections of Cedar Rapids artifacts and excellent staff make research easy. The displays will certainly attract the younger set. One of the reference staff will also give walking tours of the downtown area to interested groups. I met a person who attended the tour as part of a class... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2014

The Koehler History Center is a neat little museum with several nice exhibits on the history of Cedar Rapids and local area. It is a free museum with donations accepted. It is located on 1st Ave near Coe College and Mercy Hospital. Its def. worth an hour of your time to learn a little bit about the area.

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Des Moines, IA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

While I won't say this is the best museum ever, it is certainly worth a visit. It has interesting exhibits and traveling exhibits that are worthwhile. The people there love what they do and it shows. The kids' area is nice, too. It's the right size for a short stop, to get little kids interested in museums, or to learn... More 

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Washington, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

A group of us went to see the Curious George travelling exhibit. That was the attraction that drew our attention. However, I was impressed with the kids interactive area. Learned some interesting facts like when instant oatmeal was invented. We also enjoyed the numerous paintings of the Civil War. It was a great place to visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

I set up a trip for my husband to see this train museum after seeing an ad in the Iowan magazine. While interesting, it's not very large. The rest of the museum was worth a stop and see however. Have a nice kids interactive area it appeared.

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Forest Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

Was picking up grandson from local college and had some time to kill, stumbled in to this place and was plesently surpised. This is one of those local gems that is very much worth the time. The have many exhibts that trace the history of the area that are both fun and educational, without being boring. They have one area... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

The CR History Center was awesome. If you enjoy history, this place is for you. Great information and at times the center spotlights an area or business or organization. I will be back

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