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Address: 2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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+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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as close to a castle as you see in CR.

Major amount of settlers and family history in this house. Facinating tours for young and old. Open for small indoor concerts, events, plus many sumertime outdoor events on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Major amount of settlers and family history in this house. Facinating tours for young and old. Open for small indoor concerts, events, plus many sumertime outdoor events on the masive lawn and smaller outdoor theaters. Gardens and surrounding area beautiful and well tended.

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Slidell
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Took daughter out for day and we found this lovely home. Lots of history here. Tour guide knew his stuff and was very informative. Grounds were well maintained and just beautiful to venture about. Rooms were as close to the originals as possible with some of the items still from way back when. Beautiful place to visit.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We have been to Brucemore many times over the years. I usually learn something new each time I go. The tours are instructive and worth the cost. The house itself has some great local history. It is especially fun at the holidays when it is decorated. Don't miss this local attraction.

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Medina, oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We were new to Cedar Rapids and enjoyed a nice tour of the house. There was a art festival and the grant wood statue was still in place. Lovely grounds, nice history.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have experienced Brucemore in many wonderful ways. I enjoy walking the grounds and watching the gardens change through the seasons. The interior is beautifully curated and offers a genuine glimpse into the past as well as concerts, plays and other special events. The large outdoor lawn is host to the annual Brucemorchestra, a concert by Orchestra Iowa that draws... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This mansion is a must see. The decorations are not your every day designs you see in most places. The grounds are beautiful, especially in late Spring. The staff, aka volunteers, always seem to be friendly and helpful.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful mansion and impressive grounds makes for a memorable trip back to yesteryear. Really! So well historically preserved, one can easily imagine life at Brucemore. A must see!

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The Brucemore is an historic home from the 1880s which has been given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grounds are beautiful and most of the inside has been refurbished to look as it did in the 1800s...most of the furniture was recovered, some from farm auctions. One of the former owners created quite a man-cave in the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful trip back to Iowa in the 1900's. The house, gardens, green house are amazing! A very interesting tour with a few surprises. In addition to the above mentioned is a visitor's center in the old carriage house. The displays give you a glimpse into the lives of the three families that owned Brucemore. Very informative and fun... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have been coming to this location for as long as I can remember. The tiki room is always a hit along with the personal stories. I personally am excited to see the newly restored Grant Wood balcony that was recently being worked on. It's free to walk the grounds and gardens but investing in a ticket for the house... More 

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