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Address: 2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
Phone Number:
+1 319-362-7375
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 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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A wonderful old Mansion

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Stanton, Iowa
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Stanton, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 11 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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Thank James W
Medina, oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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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Thank Heidi M
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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Thank KarlaandDenny
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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Thank Jamie G
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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Thank Joan B
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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