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Address: 2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
Phone Number:
+1 319-362-7375
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09:30 - 15:30
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Sun 00:30 - 15:30
Wed - Sat 09:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Three families owned the Brucemore estate between 1884 and 1981-the...

Three families owned the Brucemore estate between 1884 and 1981-the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair and mother of six, hired architects Josselyn and Taylor to build the mansion for $55,000 in 1884. In 1906, George Bruce Douglas, of the Quaker Oats and Douglas & Company fortunes, acquired the home with his wife, Irene, transforming the property into a country estate they named Brucemore. In 1937, their daughter, Margaret, inherited Brucemore with her husband, Howard Hall, founder of Iowa Manufacturing and Iowa Steel and Ironworks. The Halls added flair to the estate with famous guests, including Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman and their exotic pet lion, Leo. Today, Brucemore's 26-acre, park-like estate invites exploration of the site's history, gardens, grounds, and 21-room mansion through a variety of opportunities. The Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the vibrant history of remarkable people. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

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Beautiful grounds and inside is spectacular!

Been here several times for different functions. That's what makes this place so unique. Been there for art fairs, cooking demonstrations, tours, Celtic celebrations and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Been here several times for different functions. That's what makes this place so unique. Been there for art fairs, cooking demonstrations, tours, Celtic celebrations and concerts to mention a few. I feel its worth touring if you're in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful property with a lot of rich Cedar Rapids history. Also a lot of fun events throughout the year!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The house and grounds are lovely.. They have many interesting exhibits in the house including original furnishings. The grounds are a lovely place for a walk or a stroll through the perennial gardens. There are many special events held on the grounds and in the house.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Do yourself the favor of the narrated tour when it's all decked out for the holidays. My sisters and I loved it!

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Marion, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

As new residents to Cedar Rapids/Marion, we took our son and his wife through the Brucemore, a park-like, 26-acre, 21-room estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and will return again I'm sure.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Had a great evening at Brucemore for this annual event! The four main players are amazing and always a great guest! Don't miss it next year!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

In addition to seeing the lovely Brucemore, I learned a lot about it's history and an era that is gone. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy this tour.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is my 4th time touring this mansion. Every time we get a little bit of information we didn't know. This was the first time seeing it at Christmas. It was gorgeous and so festive. We come every year in the summer for the Balloon Glow. Other activities are held here throughout the year, including a yearly outdoor play. A... More 

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Stanton, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Family of 5 on a weekend getaway ( wife husband kids aged 16 11 8 5) . We saw this mansion on TripAdvisor after we had decided to stay in this area. What a beautiful place! The tour was well done---our guide said she had been there for about 30 years. The mansion itself was kept beautiful and it appears... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we had. This is a remarkable home depicting the history of the area.

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