"Chew On This" Honored at Celebration of the Arts

Brucemore Receives Collaboration Award

November 13th, 2013

“Chew On This” Honored at Celebration of the Arts

On November 12, Brucemore was honored with the “Reaching Out Collaboration Award” from the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA).  The honor, given for the “Chew on This” segment at the Garden and Art Show, recognized Brucemore’s collaboration with organizations outside of ICCA.

Chew on This, an exhibition and programmatic component of the annual Brucemore Garden and Art Show, brought together twelve different area organizations to highlight organic and locally grown foods.  Chew on This collaborators included 4H Youth Council, Brucemore, Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Custom Custard, East Central Iowa Beekeepers/ Noble Bee Honey, HACAP Local Food Task Force, Hy-Vee, Iowa Valley Co-Op, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Prairiewoods, Soilmates-New Pioneer Co-Op, and Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Over 2,000 attendees at the Garden and Art Show experienced a day filled with educational demonstrations and hands-on activities, including simple garden recipes, heirloom tomato tasting, watermelon seed spitting contest, and more. While geared towards inspiring young people about locally grown food and sustainable farming and gardening practices, adults were exposed to the many area organizations dedicated to a greener future.  Chew on This provided extensive “food for thought” and married many important initiatives at one event.

This program began with HACAP and the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Assistant Director Maura Pilcher, Head Gardener David Morton, and former Head Gardener Deb Engmark working together back in 2010, and continues  today.

Other award-winners included:

  • TCR-Orchestra Iowa for their collaboration on Music Man
  • Terry Pitts, Director Emeritus at the CRMA, who was recognized with the newly re-named “Peggy Whitworth Arts and Cultural Advocacy Award”
  • Joshua Schamberger, president and CEO of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, who was recognized with the “Larry Eckholt Cultural Advocacy Award”


Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend advance reservations for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade and older due to the concepts and historic collection.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There is not a designated area indoors or outdoors to eat; however, you are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Please let group members or chaperones know where they can meet the group.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission is to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels and tours via QR codes are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.