Corridor Business Journal Award Recipient

Best Cultural Attraction

July 15th, 2019

66270886_506615353445196_6305376755706298714_n.jpgBrucemore was voted the Best Cultural Attraction in the Corridor Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Corridor competition. Nearly 3,000 people participated in voting for their favorites across 50 categories, ranging from the best professional firms to the best retail­ers.

Director of Community Engagement Tara Richards said, “Brucemore has an ambitious mission. Preserving this site at the highest professional level, expanding its impact in creative ways, and finding enough revenue to do both is an enormous challenge.”

In the last year, Brucemore has continued to increase opportunities and provide new ways for people to learn the community’s history and experience the site. Richards said, “we’ve also embarked on major preservation work of the mansion, which provides a new opportunity to learn about our community’s heritage, to watch the work in action, and most importantly, to be part of ensuring Brucemore continues to be a treasure for eastern Iowa for the next 100 years.”

Brucemore welcomes tens of thousands of visitors annually, including over 5,000 students from more than 20 different schools. The organization’s events and programs celebrate and foster a vibrant local arts scene while generating important revenue for the local economy. Brucemore is a community partner, resource, and accelerator for other local, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Brucemore is recognized nationally as an example of how a historic site should engage a community. Executive Director David Janssen said, “Preserving our shared history and offering unique events to make it accessible reminds us of who we were, who we are today, and who we strive to become.”

Additionally, events like the Classics at Brucemore, A Modern Salon, Cabaret in the Courtyard, and Outdoor Children’s Theater, have become part of the fabric of the Corridor. Richards said, “It’s hard to imagine living in this community without all that Brucemore offers.”

The winners were presented in two consecutive issues of the Corridor Business Journal.

View part I

View part II (coming soon)


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 purchasing tickets in advance online or by calling 319-362-7375 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 students and older.

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 are a couple of small picnic tables in the orchard and Adirondack chairs in pairs across the property to utilize during the warmer months. You are also 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?

Your group does not have to arrive together, however, parking on site is limited.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission for group tours is often requested 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 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.

Are weapons allowed at Brucemore?

We prohibit weapons on the property and at programs to ensure the safety and security of all employees and people visiting Brucemore.