Honored at Corridor Ceremony

Brucemore Receives Coolest Place to Work Award

August 28th, 2019

IMG_0294-cropped.jpgBrucemore is proud to announce that the organization was honored as one of the “Coolest Place to Work” in the Corridor Business Journal’s annual competition. The award identifies and honors local companies in a seven-county region including the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids corridor that have created the most engaging and rewarding work environments. Companies are selected based on a worker satisfaction survey.

Brucemore’s Executive Director said, “The staff at Brucemore take great pride in our mission to preserve the estate to benefit the community. What makes this a cool place to work is not the beautiful grounds, the exciting programs, or the historic buildings. Rather, it is the passion, dedication, and talent of the people who shape the grounds, deliver the programs, and care for the buildings that is so inspiring.”

Brucemore is a living landmark that charts the history of Cedar Rapids and dates back to the 1880s. The site’s story is a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. Since 1981, the independent non-profit has preserved and shared the estate with more than one million visitors through innovative, collaborative programming. Eleven full-time staff annually work with more than 500 artists, contractors, and partners.

“Brucemore is a cool place to work for many, many reasons,” said Development Manager Katie Benedix. “As a staff member, I attend one-of-a-kind cultural events, meet visitors from all over the world, and learn something new every day. I also have the absolute pleasure of working with passionate colleagues who always give 110%. Working at a historic estate can be challenging but we make magic happen at this living landmark!”

Brucemore’s Museum Program Manager, Jessica Peel-Austin, and Historic Structures Manager, Sarah Aly, accepted the award on behalf of the organization during a ceremony at the Hilton DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids on August 27, 2019. Brucemore received this award in 2018 and 2014.


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.

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.