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Brucemore

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
+1 319-362-7375
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too bad they did not have books specifically about the mansion.

PROS: great 45 minute tour from the docent of all 4 levels of the mansion. Great history, massive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Big_bro_1_usa
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Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful house,& gorgeous garden & grounds

The docents are very informative, the house is beautiful. Lovely history lesson on the area, and... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2018
dmkrusito
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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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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  • Average3%
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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

PROS: great 45 minute tour from the docent of all 4 levels of the mansion. Great history, massive mansion and grounds. You only have to pay when touring the mansion ; otherwise the grounds and gardens are free. CONS: limited items in the gift shop;...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The docents are very informative, the house is beautiful. Lovely history lesson on the area, and about the 3 families that lived in the house. You can actually step into the rooms, to view things, which is a nice touch. Three stories to see. The...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Visitors Center - We were greeted by two lovely employees who were friendly and welcoming. One of the gentleman (I forget his name) escorted us to the house and gave us great conversation along the way. Side Note...I do wish there were postcards of the...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Excellent, small group guided tour of a late 1800's estate. Now managed by the historical society (so no photos of the inside), this was an interesting and informative way to spend a couple of hours in Cedar Rapids.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Took the mansion tour, it was informative, it had beautiful woodwork, interesting history, with the money. Take a picnic lunch and eat by the pond. Grounds are nicely mantained.

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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.

1  Thank martinsD2818TH
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Reviewed 4 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

2  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 23 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

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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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Bruce B
6 June 2018|
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Response from Brucemore M | Property representative |
Photography is not allowed in the mansion. Professional and commercial photography is prohibited on the grounds, but we do allow visitors to take candid shots outside.
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Tom W
4 May 2018|
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Response from Tim M | Reviewed this property |
It's around an hour tour of the house. The grounds and home are around an hour and a half to see everything. The grounds are very beautiful. I would recommend seeing the flowers that they have everywhere.
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Elizabeth H
10 September 2017|
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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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