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Brucemore

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
+1 319-362-7375
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We had been meaning to go to Brucemore before, moved here 2 years ago. Have been to the Balloons in June love that.

Went to Brucemore during Christmas time 2017, I knew it was Christmas decorated and it was... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
martinsD2818TH
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Hiawatha, United States
A place frozen in Time

This place is History from the moment you walk into the barn. The home was decorated for Christmas... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Tim M
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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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“balloon glow” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 15:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Went to Brucemore during Christmas time 2017, I knew it was Christmas decorated and it was beautiful, we love history and antiques and the tour guide was very informative and interesting.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This place is History from the moment you walk into the barn. The home was decorated for Christmas with trees in every room. The tour guide was excellent and we loved all the antiques we saw during the tour. A place frozen in time is...More

1  Thank Tim M
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

We got there late so there was no tours of the house, we just walked around the lawn. It was beautiful. Next time we will take a tour.

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

we went at Christmas time, it was decorated beautiful, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, it cost 10.00 will worth the money, its a must see

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

I finally took a day of vacation to be able to experience the Brucemore Christmas tour in the evening to enjoy the mansion decorated for Christmas in the dark. The interior was very nice, with beautifully decorated trees in every room. However, the tour guide...More

Thank J G
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Gotta take a tour of the mansion during the holiday season. Absolutely beautifully decorated in the restoration period. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon and get away from the hustle and bustle of the season.

Thank Randy C
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

There are many activities on the grounds during the year, but the tour was pretty special. The era is a wonderful time in history this estate captures.

Thank Ed D
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

It was fun seeing this large house and how people with money lived years ago. Not for anyone who can't do stairs, though. Allow plenty of time before scheduled tour to look at the exhibit, which is very informative and interesting. Docent knowledgeable and spoke...More

Thank KatrinaJB
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Such a fun & interesting place to tour. They also have special events in the summer that are very popular because they are so well done. I’m intrigued by the way people lived in past generations so I really enjoyed the mansion tours. Going when...More

Thank 221suzannes
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We have taken visitors here time and time again. But residents should watch for special events, the annual Bluesmore blues festival is fantastic, the Balloon Glow Annual event is wonderful, and last Halloween they had a quirky, hilarious scarecrow exhibit free on the grounds behind...More

Thank Margaret L
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Elizabeth H
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Response from mmzeran | Reviewed this property |
We just parked on the grounds and walked into the house. It is a little ways to the house but certainly worth it. For a big event I'm sure you can park on the street or wherever you find. Just have to walk farther.
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